Tuesday of the 32nd week in the ordinary time

Theme: A call to holiness

In the 1st reading of today from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, he gives us wonderful words of admonition that will guide us in living a good Christian life, irrespective of our state in life. The words of St. Paul in today’s 1st reading, is very relevant in our own time also. This stems from the fact that a lot is happening around the world, as it concerns our way of life and our quest for materialism at all cost. Our ability to practice and take seriously the admonition of St. Paul today, will make a lot of difference in our life and in the society in which we live. This will go a long way towards producing more witnesses in our world, through their way of life and not just the words of their mouth. It is an invitation for all of us as children of God to live a life that is worthy of emulation. It may sound difficult, but it is something we are all capable of doing if we set our heart at it and trust that the grace of God will help us to achieve it.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the teaching of St. Paul is not limited to any individual or group, rather it involves all of us as children of God. If there must be a difference and change in our world today, it must begin with you and I. It is for us to begin to live a life that will challenge the standards that the world has set for us, that is gradually leading us away from God and our values as a people. One thing we must understand is that nobody is going to do it for us; we have to do it for ourselves. It is never too late for us to take that bold step today and resolve to be true witness of Christ’s presence wherever we find ourselves. However, we must be prepared and ready to face the challenges that will come with embracing this choice of doing things the right way, as against the use of short cuts that is very popular in our society today. The good news is that we will not be alone in this; God will always be by our side at all times to strengthen us; especially when our human strength fails you.

As we continue to make effort to do what is right and pleasing to God, 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 32nd week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp