THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FAITH

Meditation for Saturday the 28th Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

(Rm 4:13, 16-18; Lk 12:8-12)

We are justified by faith! St Paul draws a further example from Abraham. This time he proves his point with God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants. The promise that they should inherit the world did not come through the law but through “The righteousness of faith.” “That is why it depends on faith, so that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants; not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham.” In this way, Abraham became the father of many nations, either Jews or Gentiles, who came to believe. He continued to believe in God and trust that He would fulfill His promise, even when it seemed there was no hope. “In hope, he believed against hope…”

The righteousness of faith is a light to the world. Whoever allows this light to shine before men will be acknowledged before the angels in heaven. This is the testimony we bear to the world that glories in self-righteousness. The test of faith comes often because the world opposes the righteousness of faith in Christ Jesus through the working of the Holy Spirit. “For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” So, we are justified by faith; not by our efforts for that would be self-righteousness. The Holy Spirit is the advocate; He leads us forward and bestows graciousness to our efforts to the glory of God.  Amen.

St Gérard Majella, pray for us. Amen.

Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Tedi-Muwo, Lagos.

Saturday, October 16th, 2021.

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