Tuesday of the 6th week in the ordinary time of the year

Theme: God regretted

Today the church celebrates the memorial of Saints Cyril who was a monk and his brother Methodius who was a Bishop, they were both referred to as great missionaries; because of the impact they made in the lives of the Slavonic people with whom they worked. Their lives and mission is an invitation to all of us as children of God, to contribute our own quota towards the building of the body of Christ. It is important that we reflect from time to time on how we are using the gifts that God has given us, for the good of humanity? The two saints we celebrate today played their own role while they were alive, and today we celebrate them. It is left for those of us who are alive to also make good use of the gifts God has given us, for the good of humanity; it is selfish when it begins and ends with you and your family and friends.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, if we live our lives like Saints Cyril and Methodius, the lamentation and regret of God about man in todays 1st reading will be overtaken. Today we are told in the 1st reading that when God saw the wickedness of man, he regretted having created him, and resolved to destroy him. This goes to show that wickedness is as old as man. But we have the freewill to make the choice to stand for what is good and right, irrespective of the number of people that are doing what is good or right. It is interesting to note that even with the way things were at the time, God was able to see a family that was good and different from others; that was Noah and his family, and God directed them on what to do and they were saved. Noah did not join the crowd in their actions, but rather continued to be upright. This simply shows that sometimes, it is not about the number of people that are doing a particular thing that matters, but rather whether their action is good and right. Especially for some of us who cannot stand on their own for what is good and right but will always hide under the crowd. Remember that we will all answer as individuals for the choices we make, and not collectively as a group; be guided, dear friends in Christ.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, let us be mindful of the choices we make in our daily lives. 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.

Memorial of Saints Cyril and Methodius, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp