Tuesday of the 7th week in the ordinary time of the year A

Theme: Be prepared

The 1st reading of today admonishes us about the need to be ready and prepared for the challenges and difficulties of life that we may encounter because of our option for Christ. This should strengthen our faith in God in times of tribulations and difficulties. We are fortunate to have gotten this wonderful admonition from the word of God, to be always prepared and ready. So that when we begin to encounter such difficulties in our life, it will not come as a surprise to us, because we already know and are prepared to handle the situation. One thing that is very clear from the 1st reading of today is the fact that it is not a probability, it is something that will happen at one point or the other in our lives; just be prepared and ready for it whenever it comes.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, when we encounter this difficulty and challenges, we are encouraged to trust in God and remain steadfast, you must not allow the situation to lead you astray or get impatient with God. Rather, this is the time we must trust in God more and remain steadfast. It is certain that he will never desert us at such a time, he will come to our aid. We just have to be patient and continue to trust in the love and mercy of God. It may take some time before we begin to feel his assistance, we just must be patient and trust in Gods process. God will always reward any effort we make as a result of our call to discipleship, he will never fail or disappoint you. So, no matter what you are currently going through in your life, just trust in God and remain steadfast, he will bless all your efforts.

In the gospel reading of today, we also see Jesus preparing the minds of his followers about the betrayal he was to undergo. This points to the fact that what we see in the 1st reading of today, was also experienced by Jesus in his life. So when we encounter similar situation in our lives, we are partaking in the suffering of Jesus Christ, and we will also rise onto glory just like he did. This should be a source of strength and great encouragement for you and I. We just have to be strong and trust on Gods grace, when we find ourselves in such difficult situations in our lives. As we continue to strive to be the best that we can become, 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.

Tuesday of the 7th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp