MEMORIAL OF SAINTS JOHN DE BREBEUF AND ISAAC JOGUES, PRIESTS, AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS

October 19, 2019

Romans 4:13,16-18

 

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 

For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.”

 

 

Psalm 105: 6-9, 42-43

 

O offspring of his servant Abraham,
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

 

He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.

 

He is mindful of his covenant forever,
    of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

 

the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,

or he remembered his holy promise,
    and Abraham, his servant.

 

So he brought his people out with joy,
    his chosen ones with singing.

 

 

Luke 12:8-12 

 

“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say.”

(NRSVCE)

 

Meditation

 

Have you ever noticed that the biggest sinners can become the most faithful followers of Christ? Sometimes it takes being very far from God to really understand the extent of His grace and be truly grateful for it. In the gospel, Jesus declares that “anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven.” In this, Jesus demonstrates the depths of his love and relationship with us and his faithfulness to his covenant. If we return to him, no matter how we sinned before or what we did, he will always be faithful to us and welcome us back into his arms. He also declares that “everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge.” God is faithful to his people and the promises he makes to them. 

 

In the first reading, we hear about how God’s promise to Abraham did not come through the law but the righteousness of faith. Furthermore, that promise is extended to all who share the faith of Abraham and trust in God’s word. Just like how God called Abraham to have  radical trust and faith in him, God calls all of his children to that same radical trust and faith.  

 

What is God calling you to put your faith in? When it is hard to have faith and believe that God will fulfill his promises to you, remember the faith Abraham had to have and God’s ultimate fulfillment of His word. Ask God for the grace to have faith like Abraham to believe God will uphold his end of the covenant with you. Whether you need to have faith in God’s promise to you today or reassurance of his love and faithfulness to you, even when you turn from him, take solace in the scriptures today and renew your devotion to God in prayer or in the sacraments. 

 

 

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