Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom4,13,16-18; Resp. Psalm: Ps105,6-9,42-43; Gosp. Accl.: Jn15,26-27; Gospel: Lk12,8-12
The promise to Abraham did not come through the law because the law did not yet exist. The promise came through the righteousness of faith. The promise rests on grace. In this way, not only those who are descendants of Abraham by virtue of birth but also those who share the faith of Abraham would become inheritors of the promise.
The promise to Abraham did not lose its force even when there was no child, the heir to the promise, and it was becoming humanly impossible for God promise to have ever been fulfilled. Even in this situation, Abraham hoped and believed, even against hope, that the promise made to him would be fulfilled by God.
The apparent impossibility of the situation did not in any way deter him from holding on and believing that the One who made the promise was capable of fulfilling the promise he made. He believed that in spite of the seeming impossibility of his situation, God as God would still bring joy out of his sorrows and gladness in place of his gloom. God rewarded his faith by making him the father of many nations.
The life of Abraham teaches us never to forget that God remembers His covenant. Once He enters into it, He keeps His side of the contract. He does not forget. He stands by His promises. He remembers His covenant forever. We only need to stand by Him. Our Lord in today's gospel made us understand that we have the duty to acknowledge Him in all circumstances of our lives. No situation should make us deny our commitment to Him.
He assures us today that He will not fail to reciprocate our public confession of our faith in Him: He will acknowledge us before His Father in heaven. He encouraged us that even when we face the harrowing sadness of persecution, we must hold firmly and never deny the Son of man or blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. He encourages every believer to hold forth and not bother to prepare how they would defend themselves because the Holy Spirit would be their Teacher in those moments of decision.
The word today has it cut our for us: there is power in faith in Christ Jesus. There is power in acknowledging Him. There is power in holding forth for the fulfilment of God's promises. There is power in continuing to believe even when human indices point to hopelessness, brokenness and apparent failure. There is power in believing that God who made the covenant will never stop from keeping the covenant He made.
Let us pray: Increase our faith in your promises, O Lord, that in the midst of life's difficulties, we may hold firmly to you, the Anchor of our lives. Give us faith always to believe that you will never abandon or forsake us. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Rev. Fr. Anthony Igbekele