“AS THE OUTCOME OF YOUR FAITH, YOU OBTAIN THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOULS” (1 Pet 1:9)
📖1 Pet 1:3-9; Ps 111:1b-2, 5-6, 9 and 10c(R.v.5b); Mark 10:17-27
My dear, at the beginning of this new working week, we begin our reflection on the First Letter of St. Peter, which was written to encourage the Christians who were passing through challenges and persecution. May it also give you consolation and hope as we go on with it. Amen.
The portion that we read today tells us that our steadfastness in faith disposes to great joy and opens the door of salvation to us. May that great joy and salvation never desert you through Christ our Lord. Amen.
If you don’t want that to desert you, you must be careful on how you use God-given gifts to serve him. Those gifts can either be channels or obstructions to us. Imagine what happened to the rich young man in the gospel today.
Being rich is a blessing from God (cf. 1Kings 3:13) but over-attachment to the wealth could be disastrous. The rich young man (Mark 10:17-27) zealously RAN-UP to Jesus in pursuit of eternal life but moodily WENT AWAY sad because he could not afford to share his wealth with others.
I pray for you in this new working week that material possessions and positions of honour might not obstruct you from enjoying eternal life in the Kingdom of God. Amen.
Have a Grace-filled week ahead. Peace be with you.