Our Fears

We sing ‘Abide with me’

Each Cup Final Day

And everybody sings it

The words demand their say

For Francis Lyte their writer

When death was drawing near

Wrote the words for us to sing

Words so very dear

 

The Lord does tell us constantly

Do not be afraid

But afraid is what we are

We’ll never make the grade

But all our fears are gathered

In the Cross of Christ

Fear of death and misery

Humiliation’s price

 

So look upon the cross

And know the price is paid

For every human loss

For every fault we made

And know the cross will save you

Keep it before your eyes

Heaven’s morning breaks

And points you to the skies

 

Brian Fahy

18 April 2022

 

+ Bishop Robert Barron preaches a sermon this Good Friday about how all human fears can be seen in the cross of Jesus – fear of death, of pain, of humiliation in life, of utter contempt – all our fears are found there. When we face our fears they lose their power over us. Look then on the cross of Christ and your fears will no longer work their power over you.

 

Pope Francis says a similar thing today in his Message at midday at the ‘Regina Coeli’. The Lord calls us out of the grave of fear that always threatens to entomb us.

 

+ Finally the story of Henry Francis Lyte, an Anglican priest, who wrote ‘Abide with Me’, gives us powerful and heartfelt words with which to pray every day, and to be free of whatever causes us fear.

 

‘Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes,

Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies,

Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee,

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.’

 

 

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