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<< Wednesday, June 25, 2003 >>
 
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
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Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9 Matthew 7:15-20
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THE REWARD OF FAITH

 
"I will make your reward very great." —Genesis 15:1
 

God had asked Abram to leave his homeland at age seventy-five and follow Him to an unknown land. Abram did as God asked. After he had spent "some time" in that land (Gn 15:1), God unexpectedly promised him a great reward (Gn 15:1).

The Lord often speaks of the rewards of obedient faith:

  • "Do not, then, surrender your confidence; it will have great reward" (Heb 10:35).
  • "Look out that you...do not lose what you have worked for; you must receive your reward in full" (2 Jn 8).
  • "God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him by your service, past and present, to His holy people" (Heb 6:10).
  • "Your Father Who sees in secret will repay you" (Mt 6:4).
  • "Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven" (Mt 5:12).
  • "He rewards those who seek Him" (Heb 11:6).

What kind of reward will we receive for our obedient faith and loving service of God? Some indications are found elsewhere in Scripture: "My heart is set on fulfilling Your laws; they are my reward forever" (Ps 119:112, RNAB). "My reward is with the Lord, my recompense is with my God" (Is 49:4; 62:11).

Near the end of his life, St. Thomas Aquinas had a vision and heard the Lord ask him, "What reward do you desire for all your service to Me?" Thomas responded, "None but Thyself, O Lord." With St. Thomas, may we set our hearts on this greatest Reward.

 
Prayer: Father, You are my Prize, my Delight, my Reward!
Promise: "Glory in His holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord." —Ps 105:3
Praise: Once she let go of the expectation of being rewarded for acts of charity, Belinda felt freer to give more than ever.
 
(This teaching was written by one of our editors.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, December 29, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 31, 2002
 
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