Tuesday of the 22nd week in ordinary time year A

1 Thes. 5:1-6. 9-11          Luke 4:31-37

Theme: The power of God

In the gospel reading of today from St. Luke, we see the power and authority that emanates from the words of Jesus Christ. He teaches the people with the kind of authority and power that they have never seen. Such that even the demons recognize him from afar and plead with him not to destroy them. This is the same demon that is tormenting some Christians in our own time. This stems from the fact that so many of us do not recognize the type of power that we have as children of God and children of the light.

Darkness has no power over the children of God, as people of the light. It is just that sometimes some of us are very lazy and we cannot pray or make use of the resources placed at our disposal by the church. We are all encouraged by the word of God to always put on the armour of God, it will always protect us and help us to fight our battles too. Let us begin today by trying to live a good life that is good and pleasing in the sight of God, be prayerful and try to be good to people. These are basic practices of our Christian faith, but they will go a long way towards helping us to build a good relationship with God and with one another.

The stronger we are in our relationship with God, the more we will be witnessing for the kingdom of God. Be conscious of the fact that as a child of God, the demons can also be terrified when they see you, just like in the case of Jesus in the gospel reading of today. However, we must get interested about things that has to do with God and build a solid relationship with him, that will make us worthy instruments in Gods hand. Everyone of us is capable, if only we will let go and let go. We just need to allow him to lead us, while we follow him behind.

In the 1st reading, St. Paul reminds us of the fact that we are the children of the light, and that day cannot come upon us like a thief. That should only happen for people who have embraced the works of darkness. He is simply saying that our works are that of light, and we are living our lives according to the imperatives of the gospel, so we are ever ready for whatever comes to us in life. The issue is, the assertion of Paul is it true for you as a person? 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.

Tuesday of the 22nd week in ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp