Monday of the Holy Week

Theme: The voice of the voiceless

In the 1st reading from the first song of the servant of the Lord, a mandate is given to the prophet Isaiah to be the voice of the voiceless and the oppressed in the society. This is the same mandate that is given to you and I as Christians from today’s liturgy. We are invited to be the mouth-piece of all whose voices cannot be heard. My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is one task that we have to take seriously during this Holy Week. We are all children of God and must guide against the temptation of been on the side of the oppressors because of what we stand to gain; we must resist that temptation and make a difference wherever we find ourselves. We must be a source of hope for all those who have lost faith in people because of their past experiences. Simply put, let us be a source of strength and hope to the voiceless in our society and give them a reason to live in hope for a better tomorrow. No matter our present situation, it is never too late to begin this wonderful journey of faith.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, on face value, the assertion of Judas that the ointment should be sold, and the money given to the poor is a plausible one. But Jesus was able to read his mind to know that he did not say that because he loved the poor, but because it was an opportunity to enrich himself. Sometimes some of us behave like Judas Iscariot; we hide our selfish interest under the guise of doing something good; just know that it is unchristian and evil.

May God grant us the grace to always be the voice of the voiceless and be upright in our dealings. May almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.

Monday of the holy week of Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp