Scripture reading:Psalm 23:6
“Mercy” means God’s faithful love and kindness. With the Shepherd accompanying me through life’s pilgrimage, I will receive constant grace, help, kindness and support. No matter what happens, I can trust the Good Shepherd to work in all things together for my good (Rms.28; Jas. 5:11). Every day we conclude our prayers asking for God’s mercy; but we find it hard to show mercy to others. So today the Lord calls us to an important principle of life. This principle is embedded inGalatians 6:7 which says, “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.”
Beloved, today the word of God challenges us to make deliberate and honest effort to be good and merciful; not necessarily because we are expecting good in return or reward; but because by being good and merciful, our ways are secured from the path of doom. By being good we open the floodgates of heaven always and close the floodgates of hell always. Do not let the floodgates of hell to be loosened, because when it occurs, a situation that is not easily managed occurs. Acts of wickedness should be avoided at all cost. Most times, one may actually argue that he or she is not wicked, but you may be involved in the practice of some little secret actions which frustrate people. Flee therefore, from all forms of evil activities. Evil has ripple effects. Recently on media post was a story of a woman producing fake palm wine. She mixes chemicals to get what look like palm wine and the unsuspecting customers keep gulping down chemicals in the name of palm wine. Her evil deeds disgraced her globally because the act was broadcast in the web.Matthew 7:12 admonishes us thus, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you” If we want to really test whether we are merciful, check what our actions can be to somebody who have really hurt us. It is important to ask yourself this question:“Hope nobody is suffering because of my actions. As we continue to say the prayer of “goodness and mercy” let it keep reminding us of the demand it is making of us. Be kind, considerate, lovable, humble, peaceful.
Pope Francis admonishes us thus, “Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others” St. Clement concludes today’s reflection thus: “Arrogance is absurd, for man is nothing! Without God nothing is acceptable to God. Christ showed us that nothing is so beautiful than charity when He gave His own flesh for our flesh and His soul for our souls”
MASS: VIOLET: Is 48: 17-19; Ps 1: 1-2. 3. 4 and6(Jn 8:12); Mt 11: 16-19ADVENT WEEKDAY
1. Pray meditatively with Sirach 7:1-17
2. Pray for the success of the 21-day fasting and prayers programme starting on the 2nd of January, 2018.
Exercise: Examine yourself honestly, hope there is no act of wickedness in you.