"In the fear of God, with faith and love draw near!"

Visitors and catechumens often voice opposition to the invitation to the chalice citing, "Why do you say 'fear', I shouldn't be afraid of God".

The answer is that we need to have a better comprehension of our native language. The definition for 'fear' in this usage is not to be afraid but rather a "profound reverence and awe especially toward God" as defined by Merriam Webster. Our contemporary culture argues to simplify or use a different phrase; in short, to pull the Church down to their level. Instead, the Church calls us to elevate our minds, our souls and our bodies to participate in the divine nature of Christ through adoption.

Take not my word, but the words of the Apostle, "For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love." 2 Peter 1:5-7

Something to consider as we approach the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Mount Tabor. The Mount represents the accumulation of Christian virtues. At the pinnacle is Christ transfigured, calling humanity to rise up and meet Him. Yes, truly, "in the fear of God, with faith and love draw near!"