Thursday of the 27th week in the ordinary time of the year

Theme: A generous God

The word of God continues to present wonderful words of encouragements that will increase our faith in God and also help us to become better Christians. We see this fact in the two readings presented to us today in our liturgy. In the 1st reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, we see how he was admonishing them and by extension you and I to embrace the things of the spirit and guide against the things of the flesh that will not lead us to eternal life, but rather lead to our destruction at the end of our earthly pilgrimage. The assertion of St. Paul in today’s 1st reading is saying a lot to us as followers of Christ in our own time. We are encouraged to retrace our steps from actions and ways that are not pleasing to God, and embrace what God is presenting to us in his word and in the teachings of the church, and our lives will never remain the same. This is because it will change the narrative of our lives and bring forth renewal and transformation that will make us true ambassadors of Christ wherever we find ourselves in life. God has done so much for us by sending his son Jesus Christ to die for us and grant us eternal life; it is for you and I to lead good and holy life to sustain what Jesus has done for us already. That is why we must never forget the saying of St. Augustine which says that, “The God who created us without our help will not save us without our help” we have to contribute our quota by striving to live good and holy life as children of God that we are called to be. Suffice it to say my brothers and sisters in Christ that faith in God is central in our call to discipleship. Let your faith in God continue to guide you in all your actions and dealings with God.

Also in the gospel reading of today, we also see how generous and loving our God is to us his children. Jesus presents to us a teaching in the gospel that should strengthen our faith and trust in God at all times, especially when we are faced with the storms and difficulties of life. He gives us a ‘blank cheque’ by telling us to make requests from him at any time in our life and he will honour his word in our life. This is when faith in God comes in handy, because without faith you will not even trust him enough to present the situation to him. Unfortunately that is what happens to some of us. Jesus is saying to us today, come to me in faith and I will show you that I am God; he is ever faithful to his word and promises. May the Lord bless his words in our hearts, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.


Thursday of the 27th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp