Romans 1:16-25 Reflection:
St Paul tells us straight out not to be ashamed of the gospel:
“I am not ashamed of the Good News: it is the power of God saving all who have faith – Jews first, but Greeks as well – since this is what reveals the justice of God to us: it shows how faith leads to faith, or as scripture says: The upright man finds life through faith.”
It is the practice of faith that makes us grow in faith. We often wonder, how do we improve our faith? The answer is to believe, watch what happens and reflect.
When we come into a situation we ask God to help us and to direct us. Say we are going to meet someone important about work or school, we ask God to direct our words and speech and to keep us clear headed. Then we go to the meeting, do our best, watch the outcome and reflect on what we have learnt and how God was there in the middle of the situation.
We may not get the job but if we are honest and open in our prayers and willing to listen to the words of the Spirit as directed to our hearts, then we shall hear and understand what we are supposed to learn from the experience.
The growth of faith is exactly that, a time and period of growth. It is through long and constant reflection on life that we learn where God has acted and been part of our experience. The psalms often talk about us reflecting on what God has done and today’s responsorial psalm talks about creation reflecting the glory of God.
We should develop the habit of reflecting on what God is doing in our lives; such a habit also becomes the habit of faith as we come to understand that God is always there with us.