Friday of the 4th week of Lent year A

Theme: The challenges of the righteous

The 1st reading of today from the Book of Wisdom presents to us some of the challenges of the righteous. This stems from the fact that his choices and way of life challenge the ungodly, and because of that they are plotting for ways to bring him down. It is interesting to note that the righteous have not done anything wrong to them, his problem is simply the fact that he has decided not to go their way but the way of God. The ungodly cannot stand his presence, because his way of life is challenging their ways and lifestyle. The Book of Wisdom points out the fact that you don’t have to offend people before they begin to pick on you. People can decide to go against you because you have chosen to do the right thing, that is exposing their ungodly way of life.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, todays 1st reading should strengthen our faith when we are faced with such challenges in our own lives. This type of attitude did not come to an end in time past, it is still very much present in our own time. Thus, the most important thing as we continue to strive for holiness, is to be certain that we are doing what is good, right and pleasing to God. The number of people that are on your side does not determine whether you are right or wrong. Just like we see in the 1st reading of today, you may be standing alone, but with God. Sometimes we must be mindful of what is happening around us when we are with the crowd, take time to reflect on the situation and be convinced about the choice you make. When we decide to opt for righteousness, we must also be ready and prepared for the challenges that come with the choice we have made.

Just like in the gospel reading of today, Jesus could not move freely in Judea because the Jews sought to kill him. The question is what has Jesus done to them? This is in line with the assertion from the Book of Wisdom. The Jews could not stand the truth about them, that Jesus continue to expose before them. He did not do anything to them, it is just that his words and actions exposed their ungodly lifestyle, and they could not take it, and wanted an opportunity to do away with Jesus. The fight against good and evil has always been there, but we are all encouraged today to opt for what is good and right; irrespective of the challenges and difficulties that it will bring our way. As we strive to 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.


Homily for Friday of the 4th week of Lent year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp