Day 39: daily lent practice: How? Struggle to attain Faithfulness
Category : Daily Lent Practice
“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown
of life.” (Rev 2:10)
“According to the scriptures, one of the main
characteristics of God is His absolute faithfulness.
This virtue in man is also considered to be one of the
‘fruits of the Holy Spirit’ (Gal 5:22).
To be faithful means to be absolutely true to one’s
word, to be totally loyal in one’s devotion, to be
completely steadfast and unswerving in one’s own
calling and vocation. It also means to remain in humble
service, in truth and in love, no matter what the
conditions or consequences. To be faithful means to
be courageous and to be and to do that which one must
be and do by God’s will, regardless of any rejection
by others and in spite of any lack of recognition or
appreciation. God Himself is perfectly faithful. . . . ‘if
we deny Him, He will deny us; if we are faithless, He
remains faithful for He cannot deny Himself’ (2 Tim
The spiritual person is the one who is faithful to his
calling, fulfilling every good resolution, and bearing
fruit patiently with the gifts and talents given by God.
The spiritual person is faithful in every little thing—
every thought, every word, every deed—‘according
to the measure of faith which God has assigned him’
(Rom 12:3), ‘according to the measure of Christ’s gift’
which is ‘given to each’ (Eph 4:7). Such faithfulness
is the main teaching in Christ’s parable of the talents.
The one who faithfully and without fear develops and
grows with that which the Lord has provided is the one
who hears the voice of the Master.
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been
faithful over a little’ (Lk 19:17); I will set you over much,
enter into the joy of your master (Mt 25:23).
The only way to receive the ‘crown of life’ is to be
‘faithful until death’ in the place where God has put us
(Rev 2:10). The only way to find joy, wisdom and peace
is to be faithful to one’s own uniqueness, knowing that
each person has his own specific life and vocation from
God which no one else has; his own specific mission
which no one else can perform. The spiritual person
develops his own life in faithfulness, without envy or
fear, and so accomplishes and becomes that which
God has willed for him before the dawn of creation.”