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10 December 2016

Saturday 10 December

[Matthew 26: 69-75]

Be Prepared to be Courageous

 “The secret of happiness is freedom; the secret of freedom is courage” (Thucydides).

How can we prepare ourselves to be courageous and wholehearted in following Jesus Christ? Is courage something we can learn?

Philosophers throughout the ages have debated the nature of courage. All seem to conclude that courage is what fills the gap between knowing what is the right thing to do, and doing it. How do we fill that gap? Only through knowing in our hearts God’s promise which has rung out to his people throughout the ages: “Do not fear, for I am with you.” The reality of hope in the face of fear is what helps us bridge the gap.

Peter’s courage, as a man of impulsive action, had been quick and instinctive when he drew his sword on the soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane. His hope then was that Jesus would not be taken and all would be well. But when Jesus was led away, and he saw him bound and captive, his hope left him along with his courage.

But Jesus shows us, in his life, how freedom and courage can be lived by a human being even in the face of death. And as we follow him with all our hearts, his courage and freedom, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will live in us. We will surely be ready for anything!

 

For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 56-60