30 September
Lk 9:43-45

While everyone was amazed at all that Jesus was doing, he said to his disciples, ‘Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.’ But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

“Its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it.”  Another translation has: “Something prevented them from grasping what he meant….”  It is always ‘something’ when we don’t understand it, or when we don’t want to understand it or even look at it.  Fear makes us look away – which is the early stage of running away.  If we could just looked, we might not be so afraid.  “They were afraid to ask him.”  Why?  Was he not their friend?  Why were they afraid of him?  No, they were not afraid of him; they were afraid that what he was saying was true, and they didn’t want to hear it. 

“There’s no reason to be afraid of the truth,” we were often told as children.  There's every reason!  In fact there’s no reason to be afraid of anything else.  To lie is to look away from the truth, because I'm afraid of it.  Lies are evasions for the sake of comfort.  Lies are afraid of nothing so much as the truth, because it has power to destroy them.  “The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light…” (Jn 3:19).  “Are you afraid of the dark?”  “No, I'm afraid of the light!”  


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