Monday of the 3rd week of Advent year A

Theme: We do not know

The fight against the good and evil is as old as man. We see what plays out in the gospel reading of today between Jesus and the chief priests and the elders of the people. Ordinarily one would have expected that these two groups should be championing the good works of Jesus, but they are rather looking for ways to discredit his good works. Instead of appreciating what he is doing in their midst, they are looking for ways for fault his good works. They knew the answer to their question, but they wanted Jesus to make a statement with which they will trap him. But Jesus knowing what they had in mind threw a question at them (The Baptism of John, where was it from?) and they could not answer him because they knew the implication of any answer they give to his question; and they said “we do not know”.

My brothers and sisters in Christ have there been moments in our life when for our selfish interests we fight an individual because of envy and jealousy? Just like the chief priests and the elders did in the gospel reading of today. One thing that is worthy of note is the fact that no one can fight the truth and triumph, it is only a matter of time and it will be open to all. The truth and falsehood is like light and darkness, light will always triumph over darkness, it is only a matter of time. That is why we have to try to always support what is good and right at all times, without minding through whom it is coming. Always celebrate and stand for the truth at all times. This is a position we can decide to embrace during this season of Advent, as we continue to prepare for the coming of Jesus. The world, in which we live, is in need of men and women who are upright and will always stand for what is right.

As we continue to prepare in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus, we have to embrace the admonitions of the word of God and try to put them into practice in our daily lives. Conversion is a process, let us all resolve today to begin by standing for and speaking the truth at all times. Dearly beloved in Christ, as we do this in our daily lives 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.

Monday of the 3rd week of Advent year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp