Monday of the 12th week in the ordinary time of the year A

Theme: Obedience to God

One of the things that scares most people is the movement away from our comfort zone into the unknown. Many people will prefer to remain in a place that they are already sure of, instead of accepting to move to a place that they are not sure of what awaits them. The situation in today’s 1st reading from the Book of Genesis is a similar one. The Lord is mandating Abram to move from his own country and people to an unknown land that he will show him. He promised to bless Abram as he moves to the land, he will take him. Ordinarily, it will take a lot of courage to accept this type of mandate given to Abram by God, just like it will be for many of us, because of the fear of the unknown.

Interestingly, Abram obeyed the voice of God and decided to embark on the journey, this can only be done by someone with great faith in God. The situation is more challenging because Abram got this message from the Lord at the age of seventy-five years, he was no longer a very young person. One thing that is worthy of note is the fact that all the promises God made to Abram from the beginning was fulfilled. This goes to show us that whatever promise God makes with us, he will fulfil, no matter how long it takes by our human calculations. We have a lot to learn from this encounter between God and Abram.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, God is always faithful to all his promises, he never fails or disappoints us, no matter the situation. This consciousness should always guide us whenever we encounter the challenges and difficulties of life. In the word of God, he has made promises to all his children, and he will never go back on his word, he is not man that he should lie. The question is whether we are conscious of this fact, in times of difficulties and the challenges of life? Obedience to God is very important in our journey of faith, no one obeys God and ever regrets it. He loves you so much and can never lead you astray.

Dear friends in Christ, sometimes God may decide to take you through a rough path that will eventually lead you to where he wants you to be. That is why it is important that we must trust in Gods process to the end. Sometimes we get tired on the way, because of the challenges or the length of time. Let us try to trust God and persevere like Abram did in the 1st reading of today, giving up on God should never be an option in such a situation. May God strengthen our faith in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Monday of the 12th week in the ordinary time of the year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp