“THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD” (Wis 3:1)
????Wis 2:23 – 3:7; Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.2a); Luke 17:7-10
My dear, as you begin this new day, I pray that the Lord may do something new and beautiful for you and with you today. May you be a sign of God’s favour and a source of testimony today and beyond through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Yesterday, we introduced the Book of Wisdom, one of the deuterocanonical (apocrypha) books of the Old Testament which instructs the people to take pride in remaining faithful to God. It is that faithfulness that keeps us in his presence and disposed to receive his blessing.
The turn of events in our world today, where the wicked thrives while the just suffer in penury, can make one to question the wisdom of the Book of Wisdom in calling for this faithfulness. But the Book itself answers that the Lord will never fail to reward all faithfulness. Hence, we all need to persevere in righteousness (see Wis 3:1-9).
However, Jesus warns us against embracing the merit or reward centred morality that misleads us into thinking that we are doing a favour to God by being faithful (see Luke 17:1-10). This kind of thought would lead us into error when the expected reward is not instantly given.
We therefore pray for wisdom, a gift of the Holy Spirit (cf. Isa 11:2), to enable us do the will of God at all times in this life, and be granted a place of joy in God’s Kingdom in the next. Amen.
Have a beautiful day spent in faithfulness to the will of God. Peace be with you.