Reflection Wednesday Week 4 Year C- Fr. Michael U. Udoekpo
Readings: Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15; Ps 103:1-2,13-14,17-18a Mark 6:1-6
Discipline is part of our Christian faith
It is very easy for us to take our faith and gifts for granted without discipline. In his native place in the gospel of Mark many who listened to Jesus preached on the Sabbath took him for granted because they knew his parents, Joseph and Mary. And Jesus was “amazed at their lack of faith.” And how easy it is to forget all the goodness of the lord in our lives, all the prophecies!
As we struggle to resist daily temptation and keep our faith the writer to the Epistle to the Hebrews reminds us the danger of not paying attention to God’s words. God has so much loved us. He treats us as his sons and daughters. Loving parents correct their children because they really loved them. Some of these disciplines an corrections may show up as pains and trials humanly speaking. But God knows what is good for us.
Though the journeys may be long but God’s discipline produces permanent peace and the fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained in Christian ethics.
Just as athletes requires training to do well each of us requires daily training in matters of faith, hope and love. Therefore, we must strengthen our drooping hands and make firm and strong our feeble knows in order to travel successfully, this road to holiness and run our Christian race to the end, with peace, love and harmony.