In It for the Long Haul

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Did you know that the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath? Of course you do. But the people of Jesus’ time had to be told that. We hear those words come from the mouth of Jesus in today’s Gospel reading.

In the first reading from Colossians 1, St. Paul reminds the people that they had been reconciled to God through Christ Jesus, that He might “present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him…” That’s great! Is there anything else? Oh, yeah. “…Provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable and not shifting from the hope of the Gospel that you heard…”

Perseverance in the faith. It’s a recurring theme, especially in the New Testament. You see, Jesus knew that we would be tested. How we come through the testing is very important. I always like to say that Christianity ain’t a religion for quitters. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Let’s make sure that we’re in it for the long haul.

Father, give us the strength of perseverance in the faith, especially during times of great trial. May our faith in you stay strong always. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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