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‘I gave my God my word of honour to be faithful, and I’m gonna’

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‘I gave my God my word of honour to be faithful, and I’m gonna’

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  asks St Paul at the end of Romans chapter 8.  His answer, of course, is that nothing can separate us from Christ’s love: not affliction, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, peril, nor the sword.  Christ will love us no matter what.

St Paul’s own love of Christ seemed never to diminish despite his many afflictions: perilous shipwrecks, persecution, rejection and imprisonment.   No matter what he had to face in his own life, it seems that he never lacked fidelity to what he called his ‘real’ life, ‘the life of faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me‘ (Gal 2:20).

And what about our fidelity?  Nothing will separate us from the love of Christ, but what do we let separate us from loving Him as we ought?  Does it take persecution, hunger, nakedness, peril or the sword to challenge our fidelity, or do we give in to lesser obstacles?  In a shop the other day, I heard that song, ‘My Guy’ and remembered the Sister Act version of it:

Nothing you could say could tear me away from my God, 
Nothing you could do, ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my God, 
I’m sticking to my God like a stamp to a letter,
Like birds of a feather we stick together.
I’m tellin’ you from the start, I can’t be torn apart from my God.

Nothing you could do could make me untrue to my God,
Nothing you could buy could make me tell a lie to my God,
I gave my God my word of honour to be faithful, and I’m gonna.
You best be believing I won’t be deceiving my God.

In a few days’ time, we will present ourselves for ashes and hear those words, ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel‘.  Let us take some time now to prepare ourselves to do just that.  As we remember that nothing separates us from the love of Christ, let us be determined not to let anything separate us from loving Christ.

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