FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
30th Wednesday of Ordinary Time
October 30, 2019
WORD of the DAY
But I trust in your mercy.
Grant my heart joy in your salvation,
I will sing to the Lord,
for he has dealt bountifully with me!
How shall I live this Word?
God is faithful. Fidelity to the word given, to the covenant, to the alliance, to duty, to love is a characteristic more divine than human because we are not always capable of this, we fear to commit ourselves totally, we fear the limitations that being faithful imposes, we do not want to easily jeopardize our time and our future.
This is not how it is with God. God is faithful and “His fidelity endures forever” (Psalm 100). He promises that whoever “walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully—is righteous and shall surely live, declares the Lord God” (cf. Ez 18: 9) because “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it” (1 Thes 5: 24). God is faithful because this is His essence: ‘forever’ is eternity and eternity is God’s space!
God is faithful and want us to be like those mothers who day after day take care of their family, like the parents of seriously ill children who carry their cross, like those men and women who daily and lovingly accomplish their duty, like those spouses who face life’s trials hand in hand because fidelity is a divine characteristic but we are all called to live it!
Lord, we want to be faithful but we often fail. We cannot do it and we go backward. We are afraid to commit ourselves, we get discouraged. Help us Lord and sustain our fidelity.
The voice of Pope Francis
God’s fidelity never fails. And this merciful God is faithful in His mercy and St. Paul tells us something beautiful: if you are not faithful to Him, He will remain faithful to you because He cannot deny Himself. Fidelity to mercy is of God’s essence. This is why God is always and totally trustworthy. God is a solid and stable presence. This is the certainty of our faith.
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