Friday of the 4th week in the ordinary time year 2

Theme: Every evil has a time frame

The gospel passage points out the fact that there is no peace for the wicked. Evil can never triumph over the good, it is only a matter of time and everything will be exposed. Probably the thinking of Herod and Herodias is that with the beheading of John, they will be free and no one will challenge their evil action. What they did not know is that God will always speak for himself, through any means that he decides to use. Nobody has the power to silence what is good and right forever, it is only a matter of time and it will no longer be a secret; because it will get into the public space and become public knowledge. The evil of the past have a way of coming to haunt us if we refuse to repent and be upright in our dealings.

It is easy for us to condemn the action of Herodias that gave rise to the beheading of John. But some of us are carrying out such actions in different other ways in our world today. For instance, because of our jealousy, insecurity and ambitions, we may have gotten involved in so many other things that are not Godly, just to achieve our aim. If we have done this at one time or the other, do we have the moral justification to condemn Herodias? Amidst all these, all is not lost, because we are children of God and be believe in the mercy of God. The Lord invites us in a very special way today to avail of ourselves the sacrament of reconciliation. This is an opportunity for us to retrace our steps and be re-united with God in the sacrament of reconciliation. It is never too late for us to make that journey of faith back to God and be truly reconciled with him.

Our union with Christ in the sacrament purifies us from our sins. His arms are open on the cross to receive as many people that come back to him. We are all sinners in one way or the other, let us resolve to be good and make that step of faith. The grace of God is sufficient for us. May God grant us the grace to be truly human. Peace be with you.


Friday of the 4th week in the ordinary time year 2, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp