“Conduct me, O Lord, in thy way,” the Psalmist prays, “and I will walk in thy truth: let my heart rejoice that it may fear thy name” (Ps. 85:11).
What sort of fear is it that gives us joy?
I would liken the fear of one who walks in the truth to that of a tightrope walker, who fears to set his step, or shift his balance, too far one way or the other.
Truth, to the funambulist, is quite literally a lifeline. And so it is with the soul seeking salvation.
Of all mortals, the Mother of God had the least to fear from a Creator and Judge who was willing to take up residence in her womb, and nurse at her breast.
Nonetheless, rejoicing in the blessings bestowed upon her, and through her upon the human race, she makes clear the role that virtuous fear plays in preparing us to receive the loving kindness of God:
As we engage in the tightrope walk of faith, here is a little musical accompaniment to guide our balance, and help us sustain it to a joyful end:
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