Grace to you!
We continue our reflection based on The Letter to the Hebrews. Today we draw strength from the fact that our faith in the Risen Lord is the greatest treasure for which many generations before us longed. We are certain of access to the end goal—heaven.
Growing up as a boy, my father told me many stories about the valor of our ancestors. Those stories were meant to instill in me the courage to be part of a historical moment and culture.
Many families and societies and countries have their stories. We celebrate historic figures. We celebrate our roots. In many ways, we do so to remind us of the historical treasure we share with the past, our lineage.
Granted some may have a terrible history. Some forced on their parents by evil forces and structures of evil. Those stories make us sad and unhappy. Yet, we all as believers, have one common victory story. It is the story of the redeemed in Christ. It is the story of those born anew in the Risen Lord. It is the story of numerous witnesses united in the heavenly festive gatherings of the angels and the saints (Heb 12: 22-23), the communion of saints. This faith-born and grace lineage no one can take away from us.
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter eleven, while reminding the believers of the time and us, of the incredible asset of faith in the Risen Lord, makes us understand that we who are born anew in Christ have much more treasure. Unlike many who are unsure of the content of their faith, many who are looking uncertainly about the life to come, for the Christian believer, we are certain of the content of our faith. It is the Lord. It is the Person of the Christ. It is the one who came and died and rose and assures us of eternal life in the bosom of the Father. It is the Lord who will take us to be with him where he is in heaven (Jn 14:3).
We are not imagining what could be that we aren’t certain about. We are anticipating what is that we will see and receive, the glory to come. Through the light of faith, which we have been given by grace, we can see the glory to come. Such strengthens us.
Look at it this way: When you are certain of victory, would you be afraid of the battle ahead of you? Certainly not. The good news of your faith amidst the trials you face right now is that victory is assured.
Christ has opened the gates, the gates of eternal rest. Such access is for you as one who walks by faith in the promises of the Lord. The rest, the eternal rest, is for you. You already live it in some ways even now with the joy that leads to the final end when you and I, by the grace of God, walk in faith into the Promise.
I can’t wait for that day, when after all is said and done, we realized that it is worth the sacrifice carrying the cross and following the Lord.
Praying for faith-walk in all we do. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday Week 4 Ordinary Time: Heb 11:32-40; Mk 5:1-20]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.