Assurance

Confident in Mercy – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Confident in Mercy – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our confidence does not change God at all, but it does change everything for us. From fear we turn to assurance, from worry we turn to trust. We may not know how God will answer, but that he will (and even that his answer will be informed by his love) is never in doubt. The writer of Hebrews originally wrote so that those in his day who were struggling with a difficult time, growing weary and on the brink of giving up might find the strength not only to endure but to conquer. He asked them to take their eyes off of their difficulties and put them on Jesus. They were to become as confident as Paul: “If God is for us, who can be against us?!” And they were to be absolutely certain that God was for them because he had so clearly demonstrated it through Jesus and his work on the Cross.

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Love Does – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

Love Does – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

Therefore, as Paul says in I Corinthians, “Make love your aim”(14:1). But let us make sure it is the real thing, an objective act and not just a subjective feeling. For just as our hearts can condemn us they can also falsely comfort. Just to feel love is not sufficient. Love must not be only in “word and speech but in deed and truth.” The verse immediately preceding this one makes this abundantly clear: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”(v 17) Love acts, love does, or it is not love.

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