Thursday of the 27th week in ordinary time year A

Malachi 3: 13-20b      Luke 11:5-13

Theme: The promises of God

In the gospel reading of today from St. Luke, the Lord made us a promise, which he continues to fulfil in our lives, even in our own time. He is not man that he should lie, he is ever faithful to his promises. Whatever he says he will do, he will surely fulfil it. He does not change, he is the same yesterday, today and forever. The most important thing is for us to trust in him and work according to his promises in our lives. Jesus tells us in St. Lukes gospel today that we should ask, and it will be given to us, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened unto you.

These are his promises for all of us like his children, they have not changed; he will continue to fulfil them in our lives. However, how many of us are standing on these promises that the Lord has made to his people? When we are faced with the difficulties and challenges of life, do we take it to him confidently, believing that he will answer our prayers? Sometimes some of us take our situations to God and wait on him patiently until he answers us. While some others go to him but are impatient with God and they leave him and go to other places in search of solutions to their problems. At the end of the day, those who wait on the Lord patiently will celebrate their success and victory.

But those who were impatient with the Lord, most times end in regret. This is because whatever God gives you is permanent and there is no hidden means to take things from you. But the other place you have gone to in search of a solution to your problem may demand a price that will take something very important to you, or even destroy you at the end. Let us always trust in God, no matter the situation we find ourselves in life. Most times what we need is the grace of perseverance, and he will answer our prayers when it is best for us. Our prayer today is that God will always strengthen our faith in times of trials and difficulties in our lives. 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.

Thursday of the 27th week in ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp