Do not be afraid

It can be difficult to witness to our Christian faith. We may feel afraid that if others – friends, work colleagues or strangers – know that we are Christians, they will jump to conclusions about who we are and what we believe. We fear being labelled as strange or eccentric.

Jesus knew that it wouldn’t be easy for his apostles to witness to him in the world. They would face persecution and martyrdom, just as the prophet Jeremiah did, for faithfully proclaiming the word of God. But Jesus reassures the Twelve. They are loved and cherished by God. Every hair on their heads has been counted.

We witness to our faith, above all, by our lives. Christians should be known as people who act justly, and who show care and compassion to their neighbours. The Lord calls us to trust in him, to let our faith be known, and to take the risk of living bravely and generously. He is with us every step of the way.

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