Grace to you!
I love the beautiful way Saint Paul addresses the Romans in the Letter to the Romans chapter 15:14-15. He validates them first before going ahead to remind them of what they’ve already been taught.
He also lets them know how he feels about their commitment. He was sort of giving them the benefit of the doubt. “I myself am convinced about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to admonish one another” (Rom 15:14).
His approach is called supportive communication. It's the kind of conversation where one speaks with the tone of respect, kindness and trust. It assumes that there is something good in everybody. It sees what is good in anyone being addressed, even if the person acts like a jerk. It recognizes the good even when pointing to the areas that needs improvement.
We also hear how passionate Saint Paul is about his priestly vocation. Not wanting to be a beneficiary of others’ sweat (hard work), he works hard to break new grounds for the gospel. He is a true pioneer of evangelization. Saint Paul never settles for the blessings or gains of the moment. He pushes the limits even when it gets him into trouble.
Certainly, not all have the gifts and grace to break new grounds. But if you do, let not the risks and sacrifices involved deter you from embracing the responsibilities. Taking holy risks is a good sign of pushing the limits so our gifts could be used more graciously. Calculated risks are prudent.
Saint Paul’s zeal to bear witness to the good news to places or forums not yet exposed to it is to be emulated. His concern was to go beyond the usual comfort zones. He engages with the extra opportunities many rarely want to be bothered with because they’re more demanding.
If we dream big for our material wealth, shouldn’t we dream bigger for the things of God? Shouldn’t we dream bigger for evangelisation?
When God inspires you to go extra mile, do you embrace it or do you settle for the comfortable. How I wish our hearts were on fire for the Lord. Greatness lies in the ability to go that extra mile, embrace the uncomfortable and make that sacrifice.
I pray we find joy in going extra mile for the Lord. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday Week 31 A: Rom 15:14-21; Lk 16:1-8]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.