Friday, May 28, 2021

Promissa Dei | Promise by faith

"But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe." —Galatians 3:22 (ESV)

I will begin my reflection with a story. In one village, there was a famous catechist by his testimony, also known as a drunkard. One day, a couple who had been married for three years and had no children asked him to pray together with them. But the catechist told them that he would pray for them by himself. When they went away, the catechist said to himself, “How can they come and ask a prayer to a drunkard? But I will pray for them." A year later, the couple returned and thanked him for the prayers, and at that time they had been with a child.

Sometimes God listens to the prayers of those who are always looked down on by society. For they pray earnestly and are thoroughly aware of all their shortcomings. Like St. Paul, he always said that he was a prisoner who persecuted Christ's followers, even though he was a highly educated preacher. He never considered himself the greatest among the disciples. On the contrary, he always prayed for those who believe in Jesus, including us. He always prayed that the faith which was instilled in the hearts of the chosen people would be strengthened. So that in whatever situation we come to encounter we must always trust and hold steadfastly on the love and mercy of Christ.

Now the question is what prayer means to me. Our Prayers should not just a kind of a routine or merely a duty or come from fear of leadership or be done only when we encounter difficulties. But our prayers must come from the core of our inner side. It must be a self acknowledgement of  our weaknesses before God. When prayer becomes our habit, by itself it would form our attitudes and behaviors.

Reflection on Galatians 3:15-22 by Sr. Maria Venidora SND 
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