Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Have you seriously done your part in your faith covenant with God? - Daily Reflections February 24,2015


In today’s First Reading from the prophet Isaiah, I see the prodigal love of God. He makes the rain fall, to water the earth, to make it fertile. God says His Word will not return to Him without fulfilling what it was intended to do. Isn’t that mind-blowing? God is always faithful to His end of the bargain even if humanity is not. He is neither methodical nor calculating. He is not discriminating. He does not say, “OK. You ignore Me and My words. Why don’t I withhold the rain and the sun and let’s see if you will persist in your arrogance?” No! He will still give seed for him who sows and bread to him who eats. This is an image of the same God who lets His sun shine “over the good and evil as well” (see Matthew 5:45).
       How consoling this is. God meets us where we are. He does not wait until we become good before He gives us His attention. Isn’t this what John in his first epistle reminds us? “In this is love: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins”(1 John 4:10).
       Even as we are often indifferent, rebellious and disobedient, God plants seeds of His love in us with the hope that we will bear fruit, even if it will be a slow and arduous process.
       God meets and loves us where we are. A little caveat here: This is not a justification for complacency. God loves us where we are but He loves us so much to just leave us there. There is no need to be frustrated that we are so far from the state of perfection. What really matters to God is that we labor in the road to perfection. Wherever we are in our Christian journey, He will accompany us in the hope that we will progress and in His gracious time and in His gracious way, we will yield a fruit of a hundredfold, sixtyfold or thirtyfold! Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: Have you seriously done your part in your faith covenant with God?

Father, You are prodigal in Your love for us. I praise and thank You for that. Amen.

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