Saturday of the 28th week in ordinary time year A

Rom. 4:13.16-18       Luke 12:8-12

Theme: Faithful God

In the gospel reading of today, Jesus encourages us to emulate him by being always faithful to our heavenly father. Irrespective of the challenges and difficulties that we encounter in our journey of faith, we must be courageous enough to always stand and speak for God. We do not want to be denied by God when it matters most, just because we failed to stand firm in times of trials and temptations of life. There is no gain saying that the price we must pay sometimes for taking this position may be very difficult and challenging; but it is worth all the stress at the end.

In times past, our Ancestors in faith paid a great price because they opted to stand for God, some with their lives, but we celebrate them today in the church because of the choice they made for God. Our choice to declare for Christ is a noble one, so we must always trust in God and embrace whatever comes our way because of the choice we have made. Sometimes the price we must pay humanly speaking is much but let us trust in God and allow him to do with us whatever he wills.

The good news amongst all these difficulties is the fact that Jesus assures us that in times of these challenges and difficulties, he will be there to speak for us and take control of the situation. This is an assurance that should continue to strengthen our resolve to proclaim Christ in our daily lives. We are not embarking on this journey alone; the Lord is always with us. On our own we cannot do much, but because we have the assurance of God, we are sure of eternal victory. Remember, eternal life is our goal at the end of our earthly pilgrimage.

We serve a covenant keeping God, whose words are his bond, and he is always ever faithful to his promises. Let the assurance of Jesus Christ in today’s gospel continue to propel you to live and proclaim Christ in your daily life and he will continue to bless all your efforts because of your faith in God. When you are faced with persecutions because of your faith in God, continue to pray and hand everything over to him, and allow him to take control of the situation. As you strive to do this, may almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Saturday of the 28th week in ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp