BE COURAGEOUS AND FIRM IN FAITH!
📕Gal 2:1-2, 7-14; Ps 117:1-2 (R. Mark 16:15); Luke 11:1-4
One of our grandfathers in faith, Msgr Pius Nwaobi has a funny way of passing this message of firmness. He would say, “I must say the truth! If you like, cut off my head, it will bounce like John the Baptist’s head…”
A major criterion that separates martyrdom from other kinds of suffering and death is the firmness and consistency in the profession of faith especially when it becomes very difficult to do so.
Consider the anger of Paul against Peter in relation to the evangelization of the gentiles from that angle (Gal 2:1-14). Peter was afraid of being criticized by the Jews and so decided to live a double life.
➕How often do we stand firm for the truth even when it might cost us our life or what we might gain?
➕How many of us can confidently practise the articles of our faith in the presence of those who do not like or understand them (things like praying or reading the Bible)?
The truth is that we cannot confidently stand for our faith without the help of God. That is why the Catechism of the Christian Doctrine defined faith as a SUPERNATURAL GIFT OF GOD which enables us to believe without doubt, all that God reveals.
Hence, prayer is very important in our lives because it is through prayer that we communicate with God and ask him for our needs. Even Jesus prayed and his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1).
When was the last time you ever prayed?
What is the content of your prayer? In the Lucan version of Our Lord’s Prayer, Jesus focused of our daily needs and how to overcome our daily temptations (Luke 11:2-4). That emphasizes our daily need of the presence of God in our lives.
Have you told God of that your plan today or do you think you can really do without him? Tell him of them today and he will help you to face life courageously and firmly.
Have a successful day ahead. Peace be with you.