29.03.2023 — Ever Glowing Faith

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5th week in Lent, Wednesday – 29th March 2023 –Daniel 3,14-20.24-25.28; Jn 8,31-42

Ever Glowing Faith

Today’s first reading helps us to give primacy to God in everything, pushing all else to secondary place. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had built a golden statue and commanded all his subjects to bow down as a test of loyalty. Three young Jewish men – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – were in the service of the royal court, and were favourites of the king for their outstanding qualities, who refused to worship the statue. They preferred death rather than turn their back on their God. The king threatens to throw them into a white-hot furnace. The young men calmly reply that either their God will save them, because he can, even if he does not, they will still remain steadfast in their trust of God. Angry king threw them into a seven times hot furnace. Later, when the king makes enquiries and finds that along with the three young men, a fourth person (an angel) was walking around unharmed in the fire. The pagan king was deeply moved by what he saw. First, he was filled with the admiration and praise for the God that delivered them from burning death. Second, he deeply respected the young men who disobeyed him and were ready to sacrifice their lives, rather than turn their back on their God. Linking this reading to the Gospel, in which Jesus speaks of those who are truly descendants of Abraham. If those attacking him were true descendants, then they would recognize Jesus as truly the Son of God. As it is, they show they are not true descendants. What a contrast – pagan king believed in God, privileged Israelites didn’t believe in Jesus.

28.03.2023 — Being Ungrateful

Posted under Reflections on March 27th, 2023 by

5th week in Lent, Tuesday – 28th March 2023 – Numbers 21,4-9; Jn 8,21-30

Being Ungrateful

The first reading reminds us that the Israelites in the desert never realized how much God has done and how He continues to guide and provide for them. In their long journey through the desert to the Promised Land, they were almost close to their final goal. In their way stood the territory of Edom. The Israelites requested Moses to pass through without causing any trouble. However, Moses turned down their request and took on a long route. The people became impatient with him and also with God for the direction in which they were being taken. Tired of eating the manna which God has supplied for them, the Israelites started to grumble against God and Moses. They long for the diversity of food they ate when they were slaves in Egypt. Because they found life hard now, they started relishing the life of slavery. By rejecting the food God was sending to them in abundance, they were rejecting God himself. Their complaints represent their ingratitude to God who fed them in the desert for many years and prevented them from dying of hunger.

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