Wednesday 29 March

Wednesday of the 5th week of Lent
First reading – Daniel 3:14-20,24-25,28
“I can see four men walking about freely in the heart of the fire without coming to any harm”. This is what happens whenever we are walking in fire with faith. Faith like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were absolutely confident that God will save them from the furnace. That was not an empty confidence. With this confidence they were ready to be thrown into the furnace which was seven times hotter than usual. So, when things are difficult, seven times more difficult than the normal, that is when we need this absolute confidence in the help of God. The saving hand of God accompanies us. Instead of succumbing to the decree of the King to worship the statute they maintained their faithfulness to the Lord. Their faith and confidence even converted the King. He accepts the fact that God sent the angel to rescue His servants who, putting their trust in Him, defied the order of the king, and preferred to forfeit their bodies rather than serve or worship any god but their own. This concrete confidence in God demonstrated in their faithfulness to the Lord is our model. Faith and Faithfulness go hand in hand in our life of faith. More the faith you have in the Lord, the more faithful you become to the Lord. The more faithful you are to the Lord, more faith you have in the Lord. Let’s reflect: In my spiritual life, are faith in the Lord and the faithfulness to the Lord going hand in hand?