Thursday of the 1st week of Lent

Theme: Absolute trust in God

The first reading from the Book of Esther presents to us the absolute trust of Esther on the Lord. It takes one with a strong faith to walk this path that Esther took. She knew the implication of her action if it fails, yet she trusted God and made the journey of faith. There are moments in our life when we find ourselves in such a situation, what do we do? Do we take it to God in prayer like Esther or we make use of other means that we feel will give us the solution that we seek? Esther’s action shows us that God never disappoint those who come to him at such a moment with faith; believing he will grant their heart desire. Sometimes the mistake some of us make is that we trust in our capabilities alone, and some others trust in their connections. All these are good, but we must learn to put God first, and he will use somebody or people to answer our prayers; try never to leave him out at such moments, no matter the situation.

The response to our psalm and the gospel reading of today simply shows that God is ever ready to assist us in the difficult moments of our life, if we give him a chance. God never forces himself on us; it is left for us to give him a chance in our life by connecting with him and inviting him to come to our assistance. The response to the psalm says” on the day I called, you answered me, O Lord” and in the gospel we are all encouraged to Ask and we will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. My brothers and sisters in Christ, why are we not presenting that situation in our life that brings us pain and tears to God with faith like Esther did in today’s 1st reading? There is nothing God cannot do!

May the Lord grant us the grace to trust in him at all times. Peace be with you.


Thursday of the 1st week of Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp