Faithfulness

A Single Purpose and a Sure Hope – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

A Single Purpose and a Sure Hope – Meditation of the Studies in 2 Timothy

“We do not depend on the inspiration of a memory, however great. We enjoy the power of a presence. When a Christian is summoned to a great task…he must go into it in the certainty that he does not go to it alone, but there is with him forever the presence and the power of the risen Lord. When fears threaten, when doubts assail, when inadequacy depresses, remember the presence of the risen Lord.” (William Barclay)

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Living For Christ’s Return – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Living For Christ’s Return – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

…our Lord’s promise to come again is our great hope, the hope of the return of the king and the establishment of his kingdom right here on earth as it is in heaven. It is the promise that right and goodness, justice, love and mercy will prevail and that evil will be held to account. It is the promise that a life well lived is not in vain and that one lived for evil will not escape a verdict. That is, it is the promise that this life and how we live it really matters.

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A Driving Passion – A Meditation on John 7:16-18

A Driving Passion – A Meditation on John 7:16-18

Jesus is the man I was meant to be, and am not yet; but by God’s grace, I can be…

So, how can we become what we are meant to be but are not yet?

We must lean into it and ask God’’s help… We must begin consciously seeking God’’s glory and doing his will in every situation and not give up until it is the very thing we most want to do in life. We will fail, but we must repent, be forgiven, and try again in the firm assurance that, by God’’s unfailing grace, we shall become who we were always intended to be: – those who from the heart say, “”My food is to do the will of him who sent me and accomplish His work”.”

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Deepening Our “Yes” – Studies in Luke 1:26-36

Deepening Our “Yes” – Studies in Luke 1:26-36

Mary’s “yes’” to the Lord enabled her to bear the one in whom all men, for all time would find the hope of salvation. What on one level is but a simple act of obedience, is in fact a supreme act of faithfulness to the spread of God’s kingdom here on earth and the paradigm for all of our discipleship and witness since. We are all called to bear Christ in this world—whether it is in our responsibilities to our families (even in the apparently most mundane!), to our job, our friends and our communities—and we do so precisely by saying yes to the Lord and serving him wholeheartedly in every way He has called us. Wherever we are is where He wants us to serve him, right here and right now, trusting that no matter how apparently mundane it may appear, the effects of that faithfulness have eternal value not only for ourselves but for countless others we may never even know.

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Bearing Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

Bearing Christ – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

This is the type of surrender to which we are all called, one in which we don’t measure out our faith or faithfulness by the quantity (or quality!) of specific deeds themselves, but by the depth of our own “Yes” to God and all the challenges, discomforts and hardships this may entail. As Fred has captured beautifully in the first two posts of this week, it may take us to places we never imagined we’d go and put us in situations we would be otherwise prone to avoid (namely, the cross!), but the value and power of that obedience to bring God’s healing and redemption to not only our own lives but also those in the world around us inestimable.

For it is the means by which we, like Our Lady, bear Christ in and for the world around us.

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No Hypocrisy – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

No Hypocrisy – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christians are not to pretend they are something they are not. Rather they are to confess exactly what they are while praying and working to become what they should be. Until that happens, they are to try to do right because it is right. When they fail at that, they confess it and, with God’s help, try again. And sometimes again, and again, and again.

There’s no hypocrisy in that.

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All or Nothing – First Reading in Preparation for the Twenty-first Reading in Ordinary Time

All or Nothing – First Reading in Preparation for the Twenty-first Reading in Ordinary Time

Somehow we trick ourselves into believing that the Lord is the God of Sunday but money, power, prestige are the gods of Monday. We believe the Lord is our help in time of need and Eros is our guide in times of passion. We believe the Lord provides and Bacchus helps us know what to do with His provision…The end result is a religion that looks like Christianity and sounds like Christianity, but is everything but Christianity. It is a made up mish-mash of human desires and dreams coated with the veneer of Christian belief.

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A Charge to Keep – Gospel in Preparation for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Charge to Keep – Gospel in Preparation for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whether popular or unpopular, praised or defamed, the role of the Church is to stay true to God and His revelation. Only then does it serve and save the world. No one has captured this great paradox better than Charles Wesley in the third verse of his brief little hymn, A Charge To Keep I Have. May it be the ardent prayer of us all:

“To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill,. O, may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will”

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Undivided Devotion – Second Reading of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Undivided Devotion – Second Reading of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

So this is, indeed, advice for a particular time, whether the final crisis of the Lord’s return or the temporary crisis of a famine. Nevertheless, there is also something timeless here of which this situation is just a very powerful example. It is captured in the phrase “to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” (v35) That is what is called for–your undivided devotion to the Lord–not only here but everywhere and at all times: in easy times and hard, in crisis and peace, in joy and in sorrow. In all things and at all times, the Lord comes first. Isn’t this what the Lord himself meant when he said, “I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”? (Matthew 6)

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A Tale of Two Men – First Reading in Preparation for the First Week in Ordinary Time

A Tale of Two Men – First Reading in Preparation for the First Week in Ordinary Time

The difference this makes is manifested in the lives and legacies of these two men: One lost everything and watched as his family ultimately crumbled, while the other went on to help usher in the greatest period in Israel’s history by anointing its first two kings. Because Samuel was faithful with the word given to him regarding Eli “the Lord…let none of his words fall to the ground.” The Lord prospered him in his work and used him mightily. So the question we must ask ourselves, then, is “Who will we be like?” Will we be like Eli, with greater allegiances increasingly obstructing our ability to perceive the work of the Lord in our lives? Or will we be like Samuel, ready, willing and available?

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