Be Not Afraid – A Message from Father Burke Masters

frburkemasters2Luke 21:5-11 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here-the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”

He answered,
“See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come. ‘Do not follow them!

When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”

Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

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Thanks for your prayers for my trip to Minnesota this past weekend. It was a great weekend with 65 young men from around the Midwest thinking seriously about priesthood. It was quite inspiring!

Isn’t this reading appropriate for the times that we are experiencing? In the last few years, we have seen wars, powerful earthquakes, tsunamis, plagues, famines and terrible human suffering. There have been people saying, “It is the end times.” Or…”The time has come.”

However, Jesus says that we don’t know the day or the hour. “Don’t be terrified.” Jesus’ message so often in the Scriptures is “Do not be afraid.” In fact, this appears in the Scriptures more than 150 times! Jesus must want us to hear the message, “Do not be afraid”.

Jesus is not saying, “Ah, don’t worry about it. Just keep living in sin.” NO! Jesus’ message was always, “Repent! Change your ways. Turn to the Lord.” We are not to be afraid of death or the end times if we are living with Jesus as the center of our lives.

My friends, if we repent from our sins and make the Lord the center of our lives, there is no reason to be afraid. At the same time, we should do all in our power to put an end to the violence and terrible human suffering due to AIDS, famine and other plagues.

If the Lord were to come for you today, would you be ready? If not, today is the time to repent and change. If you are ready, then do not be afraid. Live life abundantly and share God’s love with all you meet.

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke


“There is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend.” (John 15:13)

 

Fr. Burke Masters
Vocation Director
Diocese of Joliet
402 S. Independence Blvd.
Romeoville, IL 60432

www.vocations.com

1 Comment

  1. This was inspiring, my 1st time reading a blog. Thank You!


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