Saturday after Ash Wednesday year A

Theme: A light in the darkness

The 1st reading of today from the prophet Isaiah, tells us what we should do to be a light in the darkness in the life of all those who encounter us. The admonition from the prophet Isaiah, continues to unpack what the season of lent is presenting to all of us as children of God. It is an invitation that encourages us to practice selflessness and put a smile on the face of the less privileged among us It is a period when we must think less about ourselves and think more about the good of others. Today in our world, many people are suffering and are going through difficult moments, it is our duty to light up their world once again and give them reasons to hope for a better tomorrow.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, we can achieve this in different ways, it is not limited to offering them money. What some people need from us is just somebody who will listen to them while they pour out their hearts. While for some others, what they need is somebody to encourage them and give them reasons to continue to trust in God’s providence. We are all capable of being a light in someone’s darkness. Resolve today to be generous with your gifts and time for the good of humanity. We all have something we can share with someone else, to bring smiles to their faces, if only we decide to be generous and selfless for the good of others.

A promise is made by the prophet Isaiah to the Israelites, and by extension to you and I, as the people of God. You will be like a watered garden whose water never fails. You will call on the Lord and he will answer you. These are wonderful promises that will be fulfilled in the lives of all those who take seriously the admonition of the prophet Isaiah. The promise of God is always fulfilled in the lives of his people. He is not man that he should lie. This is the time for us to serve God in truth and in spirit, with sincerity of heart, and God will bless us abundantly.

Dearly beloved in Christ, in the gospel reading of today Jesus points out the fact that he does not give up on anyone of us. He made it clear that he came for the sinners and not the righteous. The assertion of Jesus simply means that he is ready to accommodate everyone, irrespective of the sins you may have committed. When God forgives you, why cant you forgive yourself? Stop flogging yourself and return to God like the prodigal son and he will gladly receive you and give you another chance. 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.


Saturday after Ash Wednesday year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp