Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Over the past twenty years, we have been living in a culture of fear. It began before the attacks on 9/11, which only served to exacerbate many fears which, if we examine them seriously, make little sense. There is a real difference between unreasonable fears and caution and care. As someone once noted, fear obscures reason, intensifies emotions, and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize fears.

Caution and care mean we wear masks, maintain physical distance, and listen to scientists who have a better understanding of the pandemic than politicians who seem not to care whether people wear masks or not. 

The culture of fear has its victims, especially the poor, the marginalized, and minority groups. It is important for us as Christians to move beyond fear, especially of the unknown, to be able to make rational decisions and to live caring for others. 

Prayer for the Day

Open our eyes, O God, so we may truly see you, 

   In the world about us, even where we least expect you.

Open our ears, O God, so we may truly hear you, 

   Through your Word, even when we do not recognize it.

Open our minds, O God, that we may truly understand you, 

   As we search for knowledge and wisdom. 

Open our hearts, O God, that we may truly love you,

   And live in the world as you would have us live.

In the name of him who came to open us to you,

         Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

Thoughts for the Day

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. 

Bertrand Russell, British polymath, and philosopher (1872–1970)

I would like to see us take hold of ourselves, look at ourselves, and cease being afraid.

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, social activist (1884–1962)

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

   Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress.

Psalm 25:16–17