There comes a time in our lives when we have to stand by what we believe or open ourselves to the accusation of hypocrisy. There comes a time when we have to stop looking for signs and get on with the business of living according to faith. Only then will the Gospel gain the full respect that it deserves.

Jesus reminds us that in the past there have been pagans or unbelievers who have demonstrated greater respect for God’s word than men and women of faith! This is not an acceptable and memory of these events should inspire us to greater acts of faith in the future. It is not enough to rest on the basis that by faith we are saved, This is true, but the full effect of this truth will be demonstrated by a life lived by faith and not mere assertion. Anyone can assert anything – only a person of faith will bear the fruits of holiness and righteousness in their life. This must be our goal, that is, to grow in the expression of our faith through the life that we live as a witness to the fact that we have received the gift of salvation.

Jesus is not interested in having people who assert they believe in Him as His disciples unless they are willing to stand by their assertions and live according to the Gospel. This means that we have to put to death the sin in our lives and walk away from it forever. It means that we have to seek out God’s will as the priority for our life and not just follow what we want to do. Being a disciple of Jesus is not an easy task – just ask the apostles. All except one of them was martyred for their faith! Ask those who give their lives in the service of the foreign missions – in the past, most of them left their country forever in order to serve in countries with cultures far removed from their own.

It is the lives of such men and women that stand as beacons and examples for us as we seek to discover what it is that God wants us to do for His Kingdom. Let us seek to get to know the saints by reading about them so that their lives can inspire us to greater acts of faith and trust in God. This is why the Church presents them to us as examples of exemplary holiness and faith in God.

Am I willing to listen to God’s will for my life or am I more afraid that He might ask me to do something I do not want to or am unwilling to do? Do I really trust that whatever God asks me to do is the best thing for me to do?

Lord Jesus, I pray for the grace to be generous in my response to your call upon my life. Help me to Let go of my own desires in order to embrace all that you call me to do. I believe that this is the way to true happiness and fulfilment.