When we approach God, we must first believe that He exists, and secondly, that He rewards those who seek and obey Him.”
Last week, Fr. Carmichael spoke to us in his homily about developing a deeper trust in God’s Divine Word. That truly living out our faith and trusting in God should be focused on obedience to God by our total surrender and acceptance of Jesus Christ and His teachings. Living out our faith is love in action and a personal commitment to trust God and His promises, that are expressed by our thoughts and desires in prayer, and in our actions as works of charity.
The Old Testament highlights heroes with living faith, as in the supreme confidence shown by Noah; in Abraham’s obedient faith, as we witnessed in Scripture last week, and in Moses’ faith in God’s Word. Noah’s example shows us how to respond to God’s loving direction with obedient reverence as he turned his back on the world, confident in something or someone who was unseen. Abraham demonstrated obedient faith and perseverance; a faith that must withstand being called by God to move toward the Promise Land and offer as a sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Moses’ parents listened in obedience to God’s divine instruction as Moses then followed, by choosing to identify himself with the lowly, and not his exalted status. Moses, like the others, faithfully looked to their reward of eternal life with God; God’s promise to His people.
These heroes help us to understand that when we approach God, we must first believe that He exists, and secondly, that He rewards those who seek and obey Him. For God rewarded Noah with righteousness, Abraham with the miracle of children and descendants ‘as numerous as the stars in the sky,’ and Moses with the vision of the Promised Land. We too can be heroes of our day by having the confidence to live out our faith, understanding that each day is a gift to trust in God’s love for us and share it with others. We, together with those we encounter, evangelize and serve will enjoy the reward of eternal life with Him in Heaven.
I would like to thank the heroes of our parish who help to share God’s love by volunteering. Your works of charity feed the hungry, bring healing to the poor, quench the thirst of those who are searching for hope in this world and exhibit a living example of faith in Jesus Christ as expressed by your actions in his name! Would you like to volunteer? Please call Catherine at 781-834-4953 x10. Thank you!
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