The Test of True Loyalty for Humans is Loyalty to God

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

Whom shall we be afraid of; God or man? The answer is obvious, but let us be sincere in our examination. Many times we have contradicted our belief with the choices we made in our lives. Probably, we hesitate to speak about God because people may brand us as out of this world. Every day, we are presented with situations and pressures to tempt us to abandon our Christian principles. Fear paralyzes us not to witness our faith because we are scared of the opinions of people and of rocking our worldly securities. How different were the first apostles; after Pentecost, despite threats of imprisonment and death, they declared: “It is better for us to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

The test of true loyalty for humans is loyalty to God. We cannot claim loyalty to one another if we cannot be faithful to God and His laws. Gone are the days when Christians were martyred left and right, and they saw it as a moment of glory. The challenge now is the fidelity of witnessing our faith in our daily lives. He who suffers the ridicule of men for standing for the truth is a living martyr.  Whoever sets a good example to his neighbor acts as an apostle. Christ said: “Your light must shine before others, so that they may see the good you do and praise your Father in heaven” (Mt. 5:16). Our Lord, however, never demands something from us without the promise of His Father’s providence. He assured His disciples; “Every hair on your head has been counted; so do not be afraid of anything.” We think we thoroughly know ourselves, but do we know the number of hairs on our heads? 

God is very meticulous with specifics; He is appreciative of smallness. The two small coins of the widow were noticed by Him, the little child who was placed at the center of His disciples, the lost sheep, and the lost coin; even a cup of water given will not go without reward. And now even hairs! God truly cares for us.                                   

If we disown Christ, are we not severing more our true and authentic identity as children of God? But if we acknowledge Christ before men, does it really matter if our hairs are pulled down by the rough scissors of human criticisms?

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