Wednesday of the 5th week of Lent

Dan. 3: 14-20.24-25.28      John 8: 31-42

Theme: Faithful God

In the 1st reading from the Book of the prophet Daniel, we see the faithfulness of God towards his people. The decision of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was motivated by their faith in God. They were resolute about their decision not to worship the image made by king Nebuchadnezzar. They rather opted to die instead of offending God and obeying the king. The singular action of these men says a lot about their faith and trust in God. They willingly sacrificed their lives because of their faith in God. They were all thrown into the burning fiery furnace, and God used the opportunity to prove himself, and king Nebuchadnezzar made a proclamation of faith; blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.


The action of these three young men in todays 1st reading, raises a very important question for all of us as Christians in our own time, to what extent are you willing to go because of your faith in God? Many of us would have willingly decided to change our position, in the face of death staring at us. It takes only someone with great faith and trust to stand on the decision they have made from the very beginning. We pray that God will continue strengthen our faith in him, no matter the situation we find ourselves in life, God will always bless your faithfulness.


In the gospel reading of today, Jesus invites us to continue in his word to be his true disciples. Just like the action of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the 1st reading shows that they were true disciples of God. The question is, are we willing to pay the price for discipleship, just like the three men in today’s first reading? There is always a price to pay for our discipleship. However, the price we pay is small compared to the blessings that our discipleship attracts to us. Let us resolve during this season of Lent to accept the invitation of Christ to embrace true discipleship and pay whatever price we must, for the sake of the kingdom.

May God grant us the grace to strive after holiness of life and do all within our power to improve on the quality of our discipleship, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, Amen. Peace be with you.



Wednesday of the 5th week of Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp