Monday of the 3rd week in the ordinary time

Theme: Fighting God

In the gospel reading of today, we see the Scribes trying to discredit Jesus and his miracles by saying that he is possessed by demons and uses the power of Satan. Their statement was simply calculated and a way to bring Jesus down before the people. What they didn’t know was that they were fighting God by their action and will never be victorious. Sometimes it is disheartening the extent to which some people can go, just to discredit or rubbish the hard work of someone else. However, in the case of Jesus in today’s gospel, he used the opportunity to teach them and exposed their ignorance about the subject under discussion.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, no one fights what God has decreed and come out victorious; you will definitely loose. Never allow jealousy or envy leads you to the point of fighting against whatever God has decreed. Let us always align with what God presents to us at all times, irrespective of through whom it is comes We are all encouraged today to always stand by what is good, right and acceptable to God at all times. Each time we celebrate the success of other people, we are simply making the path for our own celebration too. Our success as individuals comes at different times in our lives; it does not happen for everyone at the same time. Simply trust in God’s process and wait patiently for your own time as you continue to work and pray.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the letter to the Hebrews remind us of the fact that Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant, in which Jesus ransomed us with his blood. Jesus Christ has paid the supreme price for us with his blood, and it is for us to be conscious of this fact and live our lives like true children of God that we are called to be. We are all encouraged today to make conscious effort to ensure that the death of Christ for us is worth it. 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.

Monday of the 3rd week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp