Friday of the 2nd week of Lent year A

Theme: Evil plot

In the 1st reading from the Book of Genesis, we see how jealousy can easily destroy a group of people or an individual. We see it clearly in the story of Israel and his sons. They were all jealous of the fact that their father Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons, and they were ready to destroy him by taking his life. They ended up selling him to the Ishmaelite traders, without knowing that they just played their role towards the fulfilment of God’s plan for Joseph. We must be guided in our actions and be content with who we are at all times. Jealousy has led to the destruction of some people. Worry less about the success stories of others, celebrate with them and be happy. The day you celebrate other people is the day you celebrate yourself; your day of celebration will come. All we need to do is to trust in God, be good and continue to do your best, and God will come through for you. Evil plans against other people will easily lead you into evil and at the end your destruction. If you truly trust in God, you will realize that there is no need for envy and jealousy, because it will lead to unnecessary hatred and bitterness.

Also, in the parable of the vineyard presented to us in the gospel by Jesus, we also see the evil plot to kill the son of the owner of the vineyard. He used the parable to caution the chief priests and the Pharisees about their devilish plans, and they knew he was talking about them. My brothers and sisters in Christ, what is good is good and what is bad is bad. Let us resolve today to always stand for what is good, right, and just always. Never be part of an evil plan to destroy another person or group of people because of envy and jealousy, to avoid regrets in the future. This is very important, because you may end up fighting God without knowing; just like in our readings for today. If we must contribute towards the fulfilling of God’s plan in the life of another person or group, let it be on the positive side, and not on the negative side as seen in our readings today.  

This is very important, because none of us can go into a battle with God and be sure of victory. We have nothing to lose when we are on the side of God, and we have everything to lose when we are on the opposite side. So that we can be referred to as that nation that is producing fruits. As you do this, 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.

Friday of the 2nd week of Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp