Friday of the 26th week in ordinary time year A

Baruch 1:15-21        Luke 10:13-16

Theme: Remorse for sin

In the 1st reading of today the prophet Baruch tells the people the truth about their way of life. They are living a life that is not pleasing to God, by living a sinful life. The prophet is pointing out the implication of the kind of life that they have chosen to live, and the need for them to retrace their steps and be remorseful for their sins. The two readings we have today is saying a lot to all of us, as children of God and Christians. Disobedience to the word of God, gives room for sin and it is one of the easiest ways through which we can separate ourselves from God.

The Lord has done a lot for all of us as his children, just like during the time of the prophet Baruch, the question is how have we reciprocated this great love that God continues to show us? It is very clear to us that disobedience and sin is not a way to reciprocate Gods love for us. In view of this, the assertion of the prophet Baruch in the 1st reading of today, invites us to be remorseful for our sins, resolve to do better and strive to be obedient to the word of God and stay away from sin. One thing that is very clear to all of us as children of God is the fact that we know what is good and pleasing to God, but sometimes we are too lazy to fight our weaknesses and we end up disobeying God. Let this consciousness begin to guide you in your daily life. It is never too late for us to embrace what is good and right in the sight of God.

Like the scripture tells us, sin is a reproach in the sight of God, so let us do our best to leave a life that is devoid of mortal sin. The most important thing is our resolve to do our best and trust on Gods grace. We see the anger of Jesus Christ in the gospel reading of today from St. Luke about disobedience and sin. It is a continuation of the admonition of the prophet Baruch, that we also see Jesus doing in today’s gospel. We see a very angry Jesus today because of the lifestyle of the people. One important question we must reflect on today is, if Jesus is present with us right now, will he say woe to you or not? We are all encouraged today to be mindful of our lifestyle and be remorseful whenever we disobey the word of God. 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 26th week in the ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp