This week's short reflection focuses on Mark's Gospel and the authority of Jesus.
Reflection of the week
By Linda Sutton
Posted in Faith
During the Second World War, United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’’
Sometimes we allow fear to immobilise us, as we view the threats to world peace.
Mary had much to fear a broken engagement; the rejection of her community as an unwed mother and the wrath of the emperor who would set out to slay her child. In Luke 1:30, Gabriel offers her comfort and peace of mind: “But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.’”
As we continue to light the Advent candles, we too can find peace of mind in the midst of the storms of life.
Prince of peace, may we find peace in our relationship with you, so that we are more confident to comfort and reassure anyone who is fearful or afraid. Amen.
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