Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Year A; 18th January 2017
And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill? “
Mark 3: 4
To do or not to. Sometimes us choosing becomes soo hard we prefer to sit on the fence and say nothing. The Pharisees always gave conditions in everything. The law before anything else. And by this continuous habits, the “knowers of truth” couldn’t discern good from bad-this made them prisoners to principles. If it aint in the books, it’s bad.
This is the same thing we do most atimes. We twist the word of God to our taste, just to suit us. ‘Well it could be called cheating, but then again we are helping a friend pass the test’. ‘It is true that not being truthful is wrong, but well there’s an aota of truth in the lie we’re telling’. ‘Abortion could be wrong but then again the pregnancy is unwanted, besides the baby is just a cell and nothing else’, we may tend to say to ourselves and much more. Jesus shows us that just as science makes us believe that the absence of matter is a void or vacuum, “not to do good is evil in itself.”
Everyday presents itself for doing what is right and just before God’s eyes. Lets live our lives without compromise. Don’t make your faith silent. Let’s go out and do good.
Tuesday of the 2nd Week In Ordinary Time Year A; 17th January 2017.
Brethen: God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Persevere in doing good. Be assured of hope till the end. Avoid sluggishness. God will never overlook your work. Be imitators of the saints. Lessons we can learn from the readings of today. Seems the Hebrews were beginning to lose hope in their faith. We too may feel that way at times. Trials and tribulations coming at us in full force. Hurt and pains soo often would make us ponder if we aren’t all alone after all. But just like the Hebrews, Paul reassures us not to despair.
Abraham was being set as that role model that endured and obtained that which was promised. And God in his infinite goodness has never changed that which He promised us through Abraham. God has never stopped wanting to bless us. All we need do is live like the saints before us did. Persevere to the very end. So let us bear in mind that ‘the Lord is gracious and merciful. He gives all to those who fear him‘. Let us not waver but ‘keep His covenant ever in mind.’ (Psalm 111:4-5)
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we might know what is the hope to which he has called us.
Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Year A; 16th January 2017
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
St Josemaría Escrivá once said, “Don’t recoil: your life is going to be a soothing of suffering. This is why you are a disciple of the Master!” We live in a world where suffering is affiliated with evil. A man who suffers is made a poor outcast not to be associated with the elite. One who suffers spiritually is probably possessed/tormented by wicked ones, we tell ourselves. Nobody wants to be a “Job” and suffer, even if it’s for a just cause-even if it’s for Christ sake. But Christ submits himself as a sacrificial lamb, He lets us know today that there can be no salvation without tribulations. Our life goals are to excel in all ramifications of life and if we were to suffer, we had better “suffer from success.” But what would be our predicament when suffering comes our way?
Jesus beckons on us to be obedient in all situations we find ourselves, especially in suffering. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Only then can we attain perfection. Like Jesus, let us offer our prayers and supplications to our Heavenly Father with confidence that He will hear us.
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A; 15th January 2017
At that time: John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world! This is of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”
In today’s gospel, John the Baptist proclaims an essential truth to the people: ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!’. He bears witness to the Son of God-to He who the prophet Isaiah called ‘the light of the world, that salvation may reach to the end of the earth’ (Isaiah 49:6).
We are challenged to do the same: like Paul, to be an apostle of Jesus, to be saints and call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; to be witnesses to our Saviour (1 Corinthians 1:1-3). We don’t have to know Him 100 percent, we won’t be able to fathom an indepth knowledge of Him if our minds were open to such. But by the grace God gives us and through the Holy Spirit, we can know Him enough. Pray that the Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds to the reality of Jesus Christ. He is God made man, yet that humble servant, Israel in whom God is glorified, He is the light of all nations and the key to our salvation. Above all, He is the One who takes away the sins of the world.
Jesus comes to us today. ‘Who do you behold?’ Be a witness to Christ this week, not just in words, but in actions. Like the psalmist, let us go to Him and say, “See I have come, Lord, to do your will.”(Psalm 40:7)
Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Year A; 14th January 2017.
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
“How sick and tired I am of failing. A venial sin, then two… now another… and alas! A mortal sin… How sickening I feel falling in sin! Can’t I live a righteous life for a long period of time? Can’t I stop being a regular visitor at the confessional, week in week out? Can’t I say no to temptations and live without sinning? “ We probably might have had such thoughts. But today’s gospel is quite soothing.
‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’ St. Luke said in his gospel that Christ came to give liberty to those who are held captives by sin (Luke 4:18). Those who think they are virtuous need not come to Him. And what a life that would be if one doesn’t need to go to the Healer of our souls- if that would be worthy of being called a life in the first instance.
We need to go to Him everyday — in our examination of conscience for his healing as well as in our regular confessions for the cleansing of our sickness called sin.
So let us like Levi the son of Alphaeus ‘rise and go to Him‘ so that we can receive that spiritual healing and be well once again. Let us “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. Let us go to the King of mercy holding fast our confession for He sympathizes with our weakeness.