Scripture Reading: Proverbs 20:6
A faithful person is trustworthy and reliable. Some people make faithfulness a hallmark of their human relationships, but the faithfulness that matters most is the faithfulness we show towards God. When two people get married they are expected to remain faithful to one and another. Faithfulness is a part of the marriage covenant; so also with God. Faithfulness is not an option we choose. God expects us to be faithful to Him, and He seeks men and women who will live so as to consistently carry out His will. “And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind…” (1 Sam. 2:35) We show God our faithfulness by obeying Him. His heart becomes our heart; His mind our mind; His will, our will. One cannot be faithful to God if he does not do what pleases Him. God actively looks for faithfulness in His servants. It is one of the qualities on which He judges His people. Jesus tried to help us understand God’s great interest in our trustworthiness. “His lord said unto him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord’.” (Matt. 25:21)
Brethren, we are called to live faithfully irrespective of the condition of things. Be faithful in sickness or in health, for better or for worse, whether things are good or not. Think of the patriarch Joseph, son of Jacob. He obeyed God even when faithfulness brought him difficulties. He was sold as a slave while carrying out his father’s orders. (Gen. 37:13-29) He was thrown into prison because he was faithful to his master, Potiphar (Gen. 39:1-20). Joseph was always faithful to God, and in due time he was set down at the right hand of Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt.
Moses was “faithful in all [God’s] house” (Num. 12:7). What does “all God’s house” mean? It means that he obediently did all God asked of him. Moses was characteristically enthusiastic for God…thus quite different from the Israelites with him. They were enthusiastic one day, grumbling the next, and idolatrous soon after; but Moses did not allow the people’s attitude to deter his own obedience. He was an imperfect man like us and he, too, made his notable mistakes; yet, he consistently did God’s will the best he could.
Daniel was faithful to God, but he had reasons of personal safety to disobey or “deny” God. He had been snatched from home, moved as a prisoner to Babylon, and enrolled in school in the king’s court. But God’s servant Daniel was unmoved. God honored and exalted him for that faithfulness. He was so faithful in his assignments that when enemies sought to overthrow him, they were unable to do so. Finally, they resorted to using Daniel’s worship of God as a weapon against him (Dan. 6:1-5). From Daniel, we learn that God honors faithfulness even in the most ungodly surroundings.
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Gen. 27:1-5. 15-29; Ps. 135:1b-2.3-4.5-6(R.3a); Accl. Jn 10:27; Matt. 9:14-17
- Take the prayer, “Stay With Me, Lord” by Saint Pio seriously and meditatively.
Exercise: Share this reflection with at least two people today. Encourage them to be faithful.
Meditation: Luke 16:10-12