Scripture Reading: TITUS 2:11-13
Today, the Holy Spirit wants us to know that our faith is enveloped with hope for the glory which is to be revealed in the future. The hallmark of a Christian lies in the exercise of his faith and the end to which this faith looks. This end which is eternal life with and in the Blessed Trinity is being brought closer to us through our hope in the future that lies before us.
In our scriptural reference, St. Paul writing to Titus, presents three important insights to successful living in a world like ours. The first of these insights is: “You see, God’s grace has been revealed to save the whole human race”. This verse instantiates the coming of Jesus, the Incarnate of the Son to redeem mankind from the dungeon of sin and helplessness that hides the identity of God’s children created in His own image and likeness. The revelation of God’s grace is purposeful. The summit of this revelation is the salvation of humanity. Within the history of this revelation to humanity, the proper way of relating with the Father was given to us in Christ Jesus, our Saviour.
Secondly, “It has taught us that we should give up everything contrary to true religion and all our worldly passions; we must be self-restrained and live upright and religious lives in this present world”. The revelation of Jesus to humanity has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of glory which is to be revealed at the end of time. For us to inherit that kingdom, we must necessarily refrain from those things that would terminate our aim, which is the attainment of the kingdom of heaven. Having followed in the life of Jesus, we must live as He had lived. For it is in this kind of living that we are being referred to as Christians. We must despise and shun everything inimical to the Christian calling to leading a righteous life. The life of holiness must characterise the life of a true Christian. St. Paul says, “I urge you brothers, remembering the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, dedicated and acceptable to God; that is the kind of worship for you, as sensible people. Do not model your behaviour on the contemporary world, but let the renewing of your minds transform you, so that you may discern the will of God – what is good and acceptable and mature.” (Rom. 12:1-2)
Thirdly, “Waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus.” This is the summation of the two conditions that have been reflected upon. All that we do is aimed at being in union with the Lord at the end of time. No wonder, the penny Catechism of the Church in responding to the question, “Why did God make you?” God made me to know Him, serve Him, love Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever at the end of time. We are called to that eternal bliss, where we shall be in the heavenly banquet with the Blessed Trinity. St. Paul says in his letter to the Romans: “In hope, we already have salvation; in hope, not visibly present, or we should not be in hoping nobody goes on hoping for something which is already visible. But having this hope for what we cannot yet see, we are able to wait for it with persevering confidence.” (Rom. 8:24-25)
MASS: RED 1 Cor 15:1-8; Ps 19:2-3.4-5 (R.5a); Accl. Jn 14:6b, 9c; Jn 14:6-14 SS PHILIP AND JAMES, AP. (FEAST)
1. I thank You dear Lord for the gift of faith, a faith that is to be rewarded with a blessed hope.
2. Lord, may every barrier on my way not to experience the reward of this blessed hope be removed from my way in the mighty name of Jesus.
3. I claim every grace meant for me to experience a serious relationship with You, Lord, in the name of Jesus.
4. Lord, crown my efforts with the gift of beholding You face to face. Amen.
5. Appreciate the Lord for answers to your prayers this day.
Exercise: Tell somebody about the blessed hope which your faith looks up to.
Meditation: John 11: 25