Wednesday of the 5th week in the ordinary time year 2
Theme: The glory of God
In today’s 1st reading we see the encounter between the Queen of Sheba and Solomon. She came to put Solomon to the test, and ended up affirming the glory of God that is in him. Remember, Solomon was blessed by God, and the glory of God was with him. This is what we enjoy as children of God, when we walk with the Lord. His grace is upon us and he directs our actions. We see this fact so far in the life of Solomon. When we allow God to direct the course of our life and we follow, we can be sure that everything will go well. This is exactly what Solomon is enjoying in today’s 1st reading. In the same way, we are all encouraged to emulate the action of Solomon in our daily lives and give God a chance. When God gives us the opportunity to share in his glory, we have nothing to lose but so much to gain.
Dearly beloved in Christ, is there anything that is keeping you away from walking with the Lord? Some of us are busy working for the Lord, but we are not walking with the Lord. Let us reflect about this, otherwise we may end up lighting the path for others while we remain in darkness. As we take Christ to other people as children of God, we must also be striving to make heaven ourselves. It is one thing to help other people make the choice to make heaven, and it is another thing for us to work to make heaven ourselves. It is never too late; we can make that bold step right now.
That step of faith will help us to understand very well the assertion of Jesus that emphasizes the inside as the source of both good and evil. This is one of the reasons why Jesus was angry against hypocrisy in the scripture; for him the emphasis is on the inside and not the external. Remember, the external can be deceptive, because people can give you what you want to see, while internally it is something completely different from the real thing. However, always remember that God is the final judge, cannot be deceived like humans; he knows us true and true. May God grant us the grace to work for and with God at all times. Peace be with you.