Saturday of the 13th week in the ordinary time of the year A

Gen. 27:1-5.15-29     Mat. 9:14-17

Theme: Good and evil

In the 1st reading of today from the Book of Genesis, we see the fight against good and evil. The blessing that was meant for Esau from his father Isaac was manipulated by Rebekah and the younger son Jacob was given the blessing. This shows us that some people from the very beginning have chosen to stand for evil and fight against what is good and right. A very important reflection for all of us, on a day like this is to reflect on which side of the divide we want to belong. As a person, are you among those who stand for what is good and right and defend it at all costs, or are you among those who propagate evil wherever you find yourself for selfish reasons? The 1st reading of today is challenging all of us as children of God, to desist from any form of evil that will bring pain and sorrow to somebody else.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, collecting what belongs to someone else, like in the 1st reading of today because of our greed and self-centeredness, will bring us more pain and sorrow, it is only a matter of time. We must learn to do our best and be contented with what we have at any given point in time, you don’t have to manipulate people and situations because of your selfish reasons. When you get involved in such actions, you deny yourself the joy that would have accompanied your success, given the right situation. Whatever we get, through such an evil process will not give us the joy and fulfilment that we truly seek. We may have it, but happiness will still be far from us. True joy and fulfilment come when we get things done through the right process, not by causing others pain and sorrow to achieve your evil desires.

One thing we must always know is that when we live our lives in a sincere way, trusting in God’s process, storms and difficulties will surely come, but God will lead us through it. That is why it is important that we have to trust in God at all time and wait patiently for his time. When he is involved in your situation, the outcome will be worth waiting for. Never manipulate other people and cause them pain because of your selfish desires. Evil can never triumph over the good, it is only a matter of time. 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 of the 13th week in the ordinary time of the year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp