Reflection Sunday 7 August

Readings: Psalm 32; Heb 11:8-19; Luke 12:32-48

Today’s Gospel is written with the backdrop of the second coming of Christ. Seen in many places in the New Testament, it is clear that this second coming was expected to occur at any moment. This explains the sense in the reading of ‘being ready’. While that did not occur, there is a genius in being ready since we are not in control of our lives so it is best to know that we are doing as we should – we are being our best selves. In this way we are living up to the gifts God has given us, as well as making the most of the gift of life. We are present, we are aware; we are not passing time, waiting for something or someone else.

Faith is a gift from God. It is neither deserved nor earned. Why do I have faith? I could say a lot of things but do any of them really name why? The Letter to the Hebrews speaks of those who benefited from their faith, such as Abraham. Because faith is a gift from God, that is why we can say we have been ‘chosen by God’. This is not about us being deserving – it is a gift from God. The question is: what are we going to do with that gift? Will we value and appreciate it? Will we do what we can to develop that gift of faith? Will we live by God’s rules – love, compassion, justice and mercy? Like all of God’s gifts, it is not just for me, it is for benefit of the community.

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