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Persevering in faith

– Wednesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time –

“Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.” (Luke 12:48)

Usually these words fill me with determination, a desire to truly meet and exceed the potential God has placed within me. Yet while this remains true, today these words carried with them a heavy weight and they landed on a tired heart.

I want to be that good and faithful servant, but there are moments when I ‘fall asleep’ on the job, moments where I have allowed doubt and fear to set up camp in my heart and I begin to question my abilities and the gifts God has entrusted to me.

Today’s gospel is a reminder of the importance of perseverance. God is asking all of us to stop shrinking from our potential: “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” Let us invite these words into our hearts, knowing that God is at work and we are being given the grace to work with him.

Let us pray that we would be honest with where we are at, and ask for the gift of faith and hope to be multiplied in our hearts so that we would not be tempted to shrink from our true potential.

by Anne-Marie Williams


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