June 12, 2019 (Wednesday of Week 10 Year 1)
Our confidence is from God…
Dear friends in Christ, there is hardly anyone who would say that he has enough of everything he needs. In material terms, the reason why we struggle everyday and all year round is to meet up with our needs, though some do it to satisfy their wants. Anyone who is bent on satisfying his wants may never have the opportunity to rest and may have no time for spiritual things. Those who are wise however, are aware that, ‘Our help comes from the Lord…’ It is the Lord who gives us the grace to number our days aright and he it is who gives contentment.
Our first reading today (2 Corinthians 3:4-11) touches on the reason why we rely on God. Paul, a missionary and an evangelizer had travelled all over the place to preach the good news. He had gone through so much tribulations for the gospel and the name of Christ. He suffered shipwrecks, was severally punished, stoned, imprisoned but in all of these, he had such great joy that no one could take away from him. He knew hardship and said he was able to bear hunger and surplus. Nothing could dampen his spirit and commitment. His experience of Jesus was so real that he said he was no longer living his own life but Jesus was living in him. A man who was brought up under the law and once lived and defended the law as the road to perfection turned around after his conversion to say, “For Christ I have accepted, the loss of everything and I look on everything as so much rubbish. If only I can have Christ and be given a place in him. I am no longer trying for perfection by my own effort, I want only the perfection that comes through faith in Christ.” Paul was so confident of his faith and new life in Christ that he was not ashamed of it.
He said in this passage, “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ towards God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our sufficiency is from God, who has qualified us to be ministers of the new covenant.” We may lack earthly and material things, but our sufficiency comes from God. In the struggle for the things of the world, we must not give up on the things that are eternal. Earthly things are good only to the extent that they assist us to achieve heaven.
Jesus in the Gospel of today (Matthew 5:17-19) tells us, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them….Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven.” The day of judgement is coming!
Let us pray: Lord, touch those who make our laws, and touch those who enforce them; breathe afresh upon our leaders to honour their words and make our nation great. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.