Posted: 09 Jun 2009 09:00 PM PDT
2 Cor 3:4-11 / Mt 5:17-19
Certain people have a confident, self-assured way about them that telegraphs to the world that everything is going to be okay because they’re here. But scratch the surface a little deeper and sometimes what comes into view is quite different. Sometimes the confidence is just an act, mere bravado, an exercise in calculated deception. On the other hand, often enough the confidence is real and unfeigned, but it’s never been tested by hard times or serious challenges. And when those times come, as they always do, the thin veneer shatters.
So where does real confidence come from? St. Paul has a clear answer for us in today’s epistle. “This great confidence in God is ours, through Christ.” Jesus, who is God made visible in our midst, Jesus, who has vanquished all things, even death, Jesus is the source of our absolute, unshakable confidence. A heart deeply grounded in our risen Lord Jesus will not waver.
Now is the time for setting down those deep roots in him who is both brother and savior to us. When the dark days do come, he will be your light, and his light will never fail.