Andrea Chong, Little Whispers

The Path of the Righteous Man

First Reading
ROM 4:20-25

Brothers and sisters:
Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;
rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God
and was fully convinced that what God had promised
he was also able to do.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
But it was not for him alone that it was written
that it was credited to him;
it was also for us, to whom it will be credited,
who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was handed over for our transgressions
and was raised for our justification.

Responsorial Psalm
LUKE 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
R. (see 68) Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

He has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
R. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

Gospel
LK 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.”
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Then he told them a parable.
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God.”


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“Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do. That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4: 20-22)

REFLECTION
Recently I’ve been reading this book about a convict who turned his life around and completely changed for the better. Despite the countless opportunities for him to return to his old ways, he never once allowed himself to give in to these temptations. His name was Jean Valjean and he was a man who committed the crime of stealing. After being released, he changed his identity and turned over a new leaf. But all is not perfect as his past still continues to haunt him all throughout his life. An inspector named Javert still recognizes Jean and as a result leaves him crawling through life living in fear. Towards the end of the story, Javert is finally held captive by allies of Jean but despite everything he has done to Jean, the only form of revenge given to him was being set free. In a way, Jean Valjean has made a personal vow to God to be a righteous man no matter what the cost and despite everything he has been through.

I think this story spoke to me in many ways, but the main message is about righteousness. Each and everyone of us has a choice to make. Every second of our lives is an opportunity to make a decision. Not every decision is easy but if we remember to put God before every decision we make, we are bound to make the right decisions. Like Jean, we can always entertain our own demons and allow ourselves to let our pain get the best of us, but as God’s children we are called to go beyond ourselves.We are called to do what we believe is right even if it means giving sacrifices and going beyond our comfort zones. We should always choose to do the right thing, because it is there where we find God and He will take care of the rest.

Prayer
Lord, give me the strength to do the right thing even if everything else tells me to do the opposite. You are the only One I see, the only One who I will follow.

Author

Andrea Chong

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