Thursday of the 16th week in the ordinary time

Theme: A short memory

In today’s 1st reading we see the lamentation of God about the Israelites. They have forgotten what God did for them and their fathers and have deviated from the path of God. Each has taken a path that is not pleasing to God, but suits their own way. God being a loving and caring father is calling out to them to retrace their step from the wrong path they have chosen, that will lead them to destruction. This particular situation is not restricted only to the Israelites; we are not exempted from such actions. It is very easy for us to deviate from the path that God has shown us when things are not going the way want it. We forget what God has done for us in the past and is still doing for us; and that is why we are still alive.  If God is done with us, he will call us to himself and we will be no more. Sometimes we are not patient with God and we want things done in our own way, not minding whether it is God’s time or not, and when that does not happen, we go to different places in search of solution except to God who really have the answers and solutions that we truly seek.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, we have to always remember what God has done for us already and use it as a source of hope and strength when we are faced with difficulties in our life. A good thing will be to go to him and present the situation to him, knowing fully well that he has done greater things for us in the past and he is capable of taking care of whatever situation we you are going through in your life. When we deal with God we have to pray for the grace of patience, this is because his timing is different from our own, so we may not get a response as fast as we want it. But we have to trust in God, knowing fully well that he will not desert us in our time of trial; he will always stand by his own and win them victory. Always remember that in any situation you find yourself in life, it is God that have the final say; and until he speaks all hope is not lost, even when the medical doctors have said something about our health.

In the gospel reading of today, Jesus points out the fact that as his followers we have something to be proud of, which other people do not have. Just like his disciples he has opened our eyes to some realities of life that should help us to be a better person and also impact positively on the lives of those who encounter you and also among your circle of influence. Let us make good use of this rare opportunity that we enjoy and make it count. May almighty God bless you as you strive to become a better person in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Thursday of the 16th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp