Meditation for Friday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time, Year B
(Heb 10:32-39; Mk 4:26-34)
We are on the downturn of our meditations on the Letter to the Hebrews after climbing the ‘Highest Heavens’, where Christ Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and offers the one eternal sacrifice for us. The merits of this priestly offering flow to us through the working of the Holy Spirit. But we cannot receive this utmost grace of salvation in vain (2 Cor 6:1). We need the appropriate disposition and responsibilities to this effect.
Thus, our first reading today reminds believers of their endurance and compassion, which was based on the assurance of hope they had of an abiding great reward. “For you need endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised.” And the great promise of God we have in Christ Jesus our High Priest. Therefore, our endurance and compassion become living expressions of our faith and hope in the merits of Jesus. “But my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” It is our duty to abide in faith and apply it in our lives; the evidence of this is the endurance and love we show.
If we keep this faith and hope in the merits of Jesus alive, we shall grow to produce a rich harvest of righteousness. While we own the duty to nurture faith, the growth and fruit it produces are beyond us. A little seed of faith sown in action grows like the mustard seed to become the greatest shrub, with extended branches, so that birds of the air can make nests on it. As you go about your activities today, think about persons, situations, etc that demand your endurance or compassion, and areas of your life where you need to apply more faith! As you do so, a rich harvest awaits you. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Friday January 29th, 2021.