Friday of the 4th week in the ordinary time

Theme: Be guided by love

The letter to the Hebrews in today’s 1st reading, presents us with wonderful insights that will help us to live our lives like the true children of God that we are called to be at all times. If we truly desire to put this admonition into practice in our daily lives, then we must allow the love of God and neighbor to guide all our actions at all times. This will help to make us more conscious of how our actions can affect those around us and also be able to empathize with other people in the challenges they encounter in their life. By so doing we will be imitating the outcome of faith of our ancestors in faith. None of us is self sufficient; we all need the sincere support and love of each other to continue to carry on. Let us continue to strive to treat each other right, just as we also expect to be treated by others. By so doing, we will become more selfless and reach out to support others with great love. Dearly beloved in Christ, let us strive to put into practice the admonition from the letter to the Hebrews in today’s 1st reading and we will be better off for it.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, when love guides our actions, it will keep us away from sin and evil. A good example of this fact is seen in the gospel reading of today, if Herod and Herodias were guided by love, they would not have allowed anger and pride to guide their actions and the arrest and killing of John De Baptist would not have come up.  The world in which we live today challenges you and I as children of God to live a life that is pleasing to God and guided by love at all times. It is never too late for us to embrace this invitation and allow love to guide all our actions at all times. Our ability to live in such a way, will make us true witnesses of Christ, and that is what is needed in our world today. The most important thing is our desire to embrace this invitation and begin to make honest effort to live it out in our daily life. When there is will, there is always a way. Just do your best and leave the rest to God; who said my grace is sufficient for you.

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.

Friday of the 4th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp