Today’s First Reading reveals the experience of God’s children, not only then, but even now and for all times. We know that suffering is a component in the life of a disciple of Jesus. The light we have received through Jesus is bright enough to chase away the dark shadows which are brought by the three enemies: the world, the flesh and Satan. Faith is the shield, with which we can deflect all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Our faith is in the faithfulness of our God, knowing that he fulfils his promises. Jesus gives us a choice. We can either shrink back in the face of suffering and be destroyed or have faith and be saved. Just as a mustard seed grows into a large tree and creates a haven for birds to nest and have shelter, the spiritual seeds planted in our hearts start to grow and produce love, peace, and joy. Let us choose to trust and have faith in our Father, that even when we do not understand and when we struggle to hold on in faith, he will give us the grace to persevere and endure until the end.
Prayer: Abba Father, help me to persevere, knowing that when I have done your holy will, I will receive what you have promised. Amen.