Fear and Vision!

Luke 7:16

Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited His people!”

“Human beings,” said T.S. Eliot, “cannot bear too much reality.”  I think of this whenever I hear people say, “It would have been cool to see Jesus raise somebody from the dead.”  Such people seem to be stone blind to the normal realities of the human condition.  The widow’s son did not lie down and die in order to titillate a curiosity seeker.  His dead body was not just an anonymous cadaver for resurrection experiments.  It was the body of somebody’s child, somebody’s friend, somebody’s beloved, and his loss was a wrenching grief, not a chance for experimentation.  When the resurrection occurred sensible people did not say, “Cool!”  They reacted with fear bordering on terror.  When death is conquered, we face the Ultimate Power in the universe and our response is rightly awe and fear, mixed with a sight of glory that is far beyond the vision of the curiosity-seeker.


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

Subscribe to CE
(It's free)

Go to Catholic Exchange homepage