17th JANUARY 2023

Living a Lifestyle of Faithfulness in a Faithless World - Denise Pass

TUESDAY, SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

 

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

 

Heb 6: 10-20;                         Ps 111: 1-2, 4-5, 9-10;                       Mk 2: 23-28 17


 

FAITHFULNESS IN AND OUT OF SEASON

 

Today the Lord speaks to us of the hope that is true and enduring because of the promises made to us by God. We have been called to a life of faith that produces good works. We believe and strive each day according to His will and plan. Faith keeps our hope alive for we believe in God’s promises, the Covenant of love that He made. The Love Revealed to us in Christ. Love came down to earth and Love became accessible and tangible because the Love of God, the Word of God, was given up for us so that with Him we may enter into the Holy of Holies beyond the veil that once separated us from God.

Today’s liturgy invites us to cross check the quality of our faithfulness to God with the faithfulness of God, the faithfulness of Jesus and the faithfulness of St Antony of Egypt whose memorial we celebrate today. God always is faithful to his covenant and promises in season and out of season. The first reading begins with a reminder about the faithfulness of God. He is a “faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations” (Dt 7:9). The Psalmist sings about the faithfulness of God that endures to all generations (119:90). The faithfulness of God to his promise is the foundation of our hope (Heb 6:18). The Gospel leads us to reflect upon the faithfulness of Jesus. The sabbath observance had become so much human action oriented that the Pharisees failed to anchor their life in God. The invitation of Jesus to the listeners is to refocus their attention from their own practices to the one who is the Lord of the Sabbath. The challenge is to transfer our spirituality from self centeredness to God centeredness. Let each of us think of the quality of one’s faithfulness to God. Will our faithfulness bring the appreciation of Jesus: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…. Enter into the joy of your master’ (Mt 25:21).


Response: The Lord keeps his covenant ever in mind.


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