Grace to you!
During a recent Catholic event, the speaker asked the audience if they remembered the date of their baptism? Barely a few did. If you are a believer, do you remember yours?
Remembering our covenant with the Lord is one of the best ways to keep the memory of that relationship alive. For instance, when you remember when you were born in Christ through baptism, or when you received your First Holy Communion and constantly keep the memory and the reality alive each day you receive the Lord in the Eucharist, you will see that the reality wouldn’t depart from you.
Same applies to when you received any of the other sacraments, especially the two sacraments of service—Holy Orders and Matrimony. Do you keep the memories of your first love with the Lord alive? Do you remember when you said, “I do”? Do you remember the location, the Church, the pews, the altar, etc.?
This isn’t simply about the gratifying psychological feelings that come from such memories. There is strength, and grace, from knowing your history and your past.
Great leaders know that when those they lead could point to past gains, it’s easier to navigate the hurdles of the present threats or challenges.
Joshua, Moses’ successor, applied this leadership principle as he led the people of Israel. At She’chem, the place he received his commissioning from Moses, Joshua reminded the people of the great works of God in the past and used it as a prelude to what was to come; namely, a call to responsibility so the people could renew their commitment, covenant with the Lord.
Observe, too, that in the Old Testament, the Lord often reminded the people to remember their history. Deuteronomy 26 is a clear example of what the Lord wanted them to do when they reach their land of freedom and harvest of the first of all the fruit of the land. This was the liturgy of the feast of First Fruits.
When people know their history, they could easily know what lies ahead and how to lead that future with renewed insight towards the goal of blessed assurance. They could also see how history ultimately reveals divine providence.
In knowing the past, it is important to remember the great things associated with the past too. Every past has the downside and the glories. The downside could be discouraging. It calls for a more divine-inspired mindset so we can see in it the will of God for future blessings.
The glorious past is like a catalyst reassuring us that with the Lord on our side, we can reach the finish line and win the crown of which Saint Paul wrote in the Letter to the Philippians, chapter three, verses twelve through fourteen.
As a leader in your circle or family, it’s important to know the past in the light of God’s plan. Let the memories of the past influence your positive attitude towards the future.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday 19th Week in Ordinary Time A: Jos 24:1-13; Mt 19:3-12]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible 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.