St. Stephen
Catholic
Church

Location

1101 Keaveny Court
Walnut Creek, California 94597
USA

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Mass Schedule

Saturday: 5 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am
Mon -Fri: 7:30 am
Holy Days: 7:30 am, 7:00 pm

Reconciliation
Saturday 4:30 pm

Reflections

From The Office of Faith Formation
7/6/2018 7:20:53 PM
   
July 7 - 8, 2018

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." - Psalm 23:4

The "shadow of death" is a colloquial saying in Hebrew meaning "mortal peril." For many people in our world who are in mortal peril "the shadow of death" is literal. We might think of the people of Syria, or refugees in leaky boats, or young men in gangs. Or we might think of people we know who are dying. They live in "the shadow of death." For most of us, though, "the shadow of death" is an abstraction. Even so, we need to remember that in the New Testament death is never merely death at the end of life. It is that, but it is more than that.  More often in the New Testament "death" means a power that insinuates itself into our living of these days, robbing us of the fullness of life that God wants for us. If we then live in "the shadow of death" the question arises, "How do we follow Jesus in such a time as this?"  Often our real enemy isn't death so much as it is fear. Psalm 23 tells us we can walk through the valley of the shadow of death without fear only because God goes with us.

Prayer: We live in a time of mortal peril, O God. Help us walk through the valley unafraid, with Jesus as our Leader. Amen.

Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate