Tuesday of the 5th week of Lent

Theme: A rebellious people

In the 1st reading from the book of Numbers, we see the Israelites grumbling against God and Moses. They have forgotten how God brought them out of their slavery in Egypt. Their actions show how easily humans forget their experiences and concentrate on the present. This was a great sign of ungratefulness from the people of Israel. Are we any different from the Israelites? Have there been moments in our life when we become ungrateful to God like the Israelites and begin to grumble about our present situation? We have a lot to learn from today’s 1st reading; we must never be ungrateful to God, no matter the situation we find ourselves.

Amidst their unfaithfulness, God still showed them the depth of his love for them, by providing a solution to their problem. When we repent from our sins and return back to God, he forgives us our sins; just the same way he forgave the Israelites their sins after their repentance. In the gospel reading also, we see the Jews rejecting the true identity of Jesus Christ. They questioned who Jesus was and the authenticity of his claims.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the season of Lent continues to encourage us to retrace our steps and return back to God with a repentant heart. There is no better time to make that bold step of faith than now, stop procrastinating and embrace the invitation of God in our liturgy today. We are all encouraged to be true ambassadors of Christ wherever we find ourselves, by living a life that is worthy of emulation.

May the good Lord bless his words in our hearts. Peace be with you.

Tuesday of the 5th week of Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp