Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:6-10
The Lord said to us in Matthew 5:13-16, “You are like salt for the whole human race. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it. You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lamp stand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” Dear child of God, it is your goodness that will make the world we live in to have meaning and essence. We are challenged by today’s reflection to continue in good works, never to drop out of the school of goodness. This call has become very necessary because so many things are challenging the life of goodness in our lives. The society in which we live adopts methods that make the children of God want to compromise their goodness as taught them by our Lord Jesus. In Acts 10:38, the Bible says that Jesus was doing good wherever He went. Inventions and discoveries are making our call to goodness not achievable or unrealizable again. The political structure is indeed also pointing to us the foolishness of remaining a good person because most often the goodness in us is tempted to yield to what is obtainable. Today, and indeed every day, the good Lord invites us to enroll in the school of goodness, such that we will constantly continue to train ourselves to be good irrespective of what we are passing through and the challenges facing us. A preacher once observed that the moment we decide to take a decision to favour what is not good or an act that is evil, we have indirectly taken a decision to stop the flow, to distort the process of goodness in us. God is all goodness. Psalm 119:68, tell us, “You are good, and do good; teach me your statutes.” The Psalmist, having had a taste of God’s goodness, made the above declaration and declared to be enrolled into the line of goodness.
He proclaimed, “enlist me in this college of goodness.” When people drop out school, they become half-literate; most educational analysts agree with the opinion that half education is dangerous; it is just like modifying illiteracy. Everywhere we go, evil is gaining upper hand. In offices, homes, churches, market place, politics, even in the culture and tradition we uphold – everything is tending towards evil. Even in our villages, where evil seldom thrived back in the days; where good and cheering news was often the order of the day… the reverse is the case now. In the old days, people rushed to the village to pick good wives, but it is no longer so again. No more good stories. The reason is that many children of God have dropped out of the school of goodness. In this school, the day you graduate is the day you will hear this, “Come you blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Remember O, child of God, goodness and mercy can only follow those who are good and live the lives of goodness. Goodness attracts goodness. Do not drop out of this school for whatever reason. Fulton Sheen gave an opinion why people often drop out of the school of goodness thus, “We fear goodness because we like to keep our own standard. We have moved away from the standard of Christ to the standard of the world. We do not ask ourselves, “Does this please Christ?” but “Does this please the world?” So I will dress and act in such a way that Ii will not be separate from the world.”
- Dear Father I thank You because You are good; teach me to remain in Your goodness.
- All forces of darkness distorting the flow of goodness in my life, be consumed by the fire of the Holy Ghost in Jesus name. Amen.
- Take the Prayer of St Padre Pio seriously and meditatively.
- Take the Prayer of Self Consecration to God meditatively.
Exercise: Meditate on how God has been good to you from the day you were born to this day. And make a new song (Special number) to the Lord in appreciation of His goodness.
Memory Verse: James 4:17.