Catholic devotional DAILY DEVOTIONS: Nov 29 'Reaching Out'

'Reaching Out'
But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.
- Luke 21:28
It is difficult not to feel overwhelmed by the apocalyptic vision Christ draws in today's gospel. He describes the chaos of those running for their lives, the anxiety of mothers, the powers of heaven being shaken. It's a long list of every human fear coming true, with the injunction to believers to stand tall and look up toward redemption.

Several years ago, I began a prayer experiment because the anxiety of being a mother and worrying over my children was already overcoming me. I barely left the house. I wanted to stop making decisions based on fear.

What if each fear is its own small apocalypse that tempts us to sequester ourselves in a life-limiting bubble? However, what if anytime we reach out of our fear toward Christ, we are reaching out toward a life that overflows with blessing, which can multiply itself and extend the reach of God's grace? Choose life!
- Elizabeth Duffy


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