Tuesday of the 18th week in the ordinary time

Theme: A God of justice and a saviour

In the 1st reading of today from the prophet Jeremiah, we see God giving Jeremiah the message to send across to the Israelites. They have deviated from the way of God and have incurred the wrought of God upon themselves. The people experienced the justice of God against their heart heartedness. As a result of which they experienced the anger of God, which made things very difficult for them. However, the Lord also promised to restore them to their former state when things will be well with them again, like it used to be. This simply points out the fact that God does not desire that we die in our sins, but rather that we turn away from our evil ways and embrace the way of God that will lead us to eternal life.

Dear friends in Christ, can you relate with today’s 1st reading as a person? God has not changed; he is still the same God that we serve in our own time. There may be moments we have gone through similar situation in our life, and he still draws us to himself when we come back to him remorsefully; acknowledging our sins. This simply shows that we serve a God of justice and a saviour. He is not content with just punishing his children, he rather uses the opportunity to teach us and grow into a better person that he wants us to be. It is important that as human persons we have to work hard to imbibe this spirit, such that our goal should always be to help the other become a better version of him or her.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, this attitude of God shows that he never gives up on us at any point in time in our life, no matter what we may be passing through; as long as there is life, there is hope. It is interesting to note that God does not give up on us, why do you give up on yourself because of the situation you are presently passing through in your life? One thing you must know is that with God everything is possible. Just hang in there and trust in God, he can change the narrative of your life at any point in your life. Just know that no matter the situation you are passing through at the moment, God will never give up on you; so do not give up on yourself.

As you do this may almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Tuesday of the 18th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp