You Are God’s Choice

At our very center is a gifted dignity deeper than any good that we do, which puts us at ease with God. Ephesians says we have received something like a “down payment” or “first installment” of eternal life, just as a pregnant woman has within her a new life, yet unborn. She has the foretaste but must wait for the birth. She holds the future within her but is still guessing what it will be like.

We are said to be “sealed with the Holy Spirit,” the pledge of our future. Paul can offer no logical explanation for this, but that we were “chosen, predestined” by our loving God. We were loved before we could love in return, chosen to be God’s very own people. Our life should then be lived in praise to God’s glory. If our life and its growth and fulfilment are due to grace, how free and confident we can be in God’s presence.

God Cares for You

The exuberant liberty of spirit is repeated in the Gospel. What was said in the dark we proclaim from rooftops. If our merciful God cares about sparrows and the small details of creation, then we need fear nothing. “You are more precious than many sparrows.” The grace of this God makes us free, confident, and already part-way to heaven.

Jesus uses image of the five sparrows. They simply were a commodity to be bought. Jesus tells his listeners that not one of the sparrows escapes God’s attention. Today, Jesus reminds us that we don’t need to worry and every one of us is deeply significant to God. May we pray for the grace to trust and believe that God loves us more than we can ever imagine. How deep is your faith?

[Readings: EPH 1:11-14; LK 12:1-7]

Fr. Nnaemeka Paschal Ajuka

Fr. Nnaemeka Paschal Ajuka, PhD., BCC., ACPE Certified Educator Candidate, is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria, and a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). He is a retreat preacher who loves his faith. As a sociologist, he cherishes and operates from the vertical and horizontal relationships with God and neighbor. He takes Saint Francis of Assisi’s prayer for peace “Lord make me an Instrument of Peace,” as his ministry mission statement. He is a care provider who meets human needs without discrimination. He has been actively involved in the pastoral ministry in parishes in Nigeria and in the US. Previously, he was an adjunct lecturer at Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Umuahia and the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria. Currently, he is a Certified Educator Candidate with the Department of Chaplaincy Services and Education, University of California Health, Davis, Sacramento.

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