Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Probati Sumus | Those Approved

“ _But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the gospel, that is how we speak, not as trying to please human beings, but rather God, who judges our hearts.” - 1Thessalonians 2: 4


Saint Paul was a faithful Gentiles who lived and acted according to the law of God that he had received from his ancestors since he was young. But on the day when God chose him, he offered all his being and effort to proclaim the gospel to every nation. We also know that his ministry was not easy and was subjected to many obstacles and rejections. Nevertheless, Saint Paul also tried to assure us that his ministry was not to profit from misleading people, not trying to please human beings, but rather God, who judges our hearts.


It was not only in the days of Saint Paul, but it is also, today. Maybe not much, but there is. In society, our services are sometimes thought to win people's sympathy, to profit, or sometimes are perceived as to Christianize or ensnare others.  But the purpose of each service is that others may experience God’s love and goodness, to create communities that tolerate one another without discrimination of tribes, backgrounds, and beliefs.


Then, we as followers of Christ must courageously deny all our egos and dare to bear every cross of life that we experience. We must venture out of our comfort zones to proclaim joyful tidings for others, even though we will be rejected or even opposed. God bless.

Reflection on 1Thessalonians 2: 1-12 by Sr. Maria Venidora SND
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