Monday of the 6th week in the ordinary time of the year A

Theme: A generation of signs

In the gospel reading of today, Jesus talks about a generation that is in search of signs, and the question today is, are things different in our own time? The truth is that things have not really changed from what it was during the time of Jesus. We have a generation today that is in search of signs and wonders and is ready to go anywhere to get them. Unfortunately, some people are exploiting the situation for their selfish gains. It is common to see people moving from place to place in search of men and women, who they feel posses a lot of power and will bring their problems to an end. Oftentimes forgetting the fact that it is God that truly have the power to bring any situation or difficulty to and end. When this happens, the praise that belongs to God goes to an individual, and people are not even mindful about the source of the power through which the miracle was performed; many have been led astray because of their quest for miracles. The assertion of Jesus in today’s gospel reading, points out the fact that we don’t have to move from place to place in search of miracles. Just pray and trust in God and continue to do your best; he will come to your assistance at his own time, just be patient.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the encounter between the two brothers Cain and Abel in todays 1st reading, is saying a lot to us as children of God. There was no need for the jealousy of Cain, that led to him killing his brother Abel. They both presented to God gifts from the labour of their hands and God was pleased with what Abel presented and Cain became jealous. One thing that we must always remember is the fact that it is God that blesses the labour of our hands, and as such deserves the best. The most important thing is sincerity of the heart, remember we cannot deceive God. We don’t have to borrow to give to God, give him what you can sincerely afford and he will accept it and bless you. Never make the mistake of Cain by thinking that the leftover is what God deserves. It is a grave mistake to deal with God using that mindset. However, note that God will never reject a gift presented with a sincere heart, no matter how small.

We pray today that God will grant us the grace to be always charitable. 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 6th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp