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October 21, 2017

Rom 4: 13. 16-18

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

God’s faithfulness

Paul’s letter to the Romans explains the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars.  He reminds us that it was not due to Abraham’s actions that God made this promise, but rather because of his faith.  Even though biology told him that he would not have children, he chose to believe that with God all things are possible.  “He believed, hoping against hope,” and God fulfilled his promise.

In our own lives, God does not promise that things will be easy, or that we will always be happy.  Rather, God promises to remain with us always, never abandoning us to despair.  How might today look different if we are confident in God’s fidelity?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, we trust in your faithfulness to us. May we be strengthened by the words of St. Francis de Sales: “The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.” Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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October 21, 2017

Rom 4: 13. 16-18

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

God’s faithfulness

Paul’s letter to the Romans explains the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars.  He reminds us that it was not due to Abraham’s actions that God made this promise, but rather because of his faith.  Even though biology told him that he would not have children, he chose to believe that with God all things are possible.  “He believed, hoping against hope,” and God fulfilled his promise.

In our own lives, God does not promise that things will be easy, or that we will always be happy.  Rather, God promises to remain with us always, never abandoning us to despair.  How might today look different if we are confident in God’s fidelity?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, we trust in your faithfulness to us. May we be strengthened by the words of St. Francis de Sales: “The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.” Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

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