SATURDAY OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
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,
For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham, his servant.
So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing.
“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.”
Today’s scriptures speak of the power of faith. In the first reading, we see how Abraham became the father of many nations through faith. It was not through the law but because of his faith. He believed the word of God and it was accomplished in him. The psalmist speaks of God’s chosen ones- the offspring of Abraham and how he remembered his promise to him. Lastly, in the gospel, Jesus teaches how those who acknowledge God before others will be acknowledged by God.
Our scriptures today show us the importance of faith and hold Abraham as our example. He did not see the promises of God in his lifetime but had faith in His promise until it came about. Today, Jesus is asking us to acknowledge him before others. He asks for our faith and our fidelity.
Where do you find it difficult to believe the promises God has made to you? Or where do you find it difficult to have faith in the goodness of God or his desire to bring good to you? Call on the intercession of the angels and saints for you today to believe and have faith in the goodness of God. Profess your faith in God and have faith in his goodness and promises.