Scripture Reading: Genesis 39:5-10
Today we are invited to reflect over our actions here on earth. The inner voice telling us to do the right thing in any given condition is it still alive? Is the promptings toward what is right still working? Which way are our inclinations moving “rightwards” or “leftwards”? It is only when we obey that calml voice of God that we can beat our chests and say, “My conscience is still healthy, faultless, incorruptible, non-cancerous, in fact, spotless”.
Dear child of God we are blessed to have a Father who mean everything good to us. He wants us to be excellent and wonderful. So every moment of our lives, He wants us to be constantly responsible and well-behaved. We should therefore strive to operate with a living conscience, because it is a level of moral consciousness in one’s life that propels him/her to pursue just courses of action. Joseph in our scripture reading today portrayed a man with a living conscience. He did not succumb to what is evil despite the fact that he can take advantage of his position to do anything. Aristotle describes the action of Joseph in this way, “A rounded moral judgment is ever the work of a virtuous man. When we wish to know what true virtue is, we must look to the virtuous person.” Joseph was a virtuous man.
St. Paul was another model of a child and Minister of God who never allowed his conscience to be corrupted. In Acts 23:1, he noted thus, “….. My fellow-Israelites! My conscience is perfectly clear about the way in which I have lived before God to this very day.” In Acts 24:16 he also said, “And so I do my best always to have a clear conscience before God and man.” If you possess this kind of conscience, be joyful for you have a treasure that will see you through your Christian race. With this kind of conscience you will be able to raise a standard against evil taking root in you. If your conscience has been seared, you can reawaken it today. It is the best thing to do. How do you know that your conscience has been seared? It is when you are warned about evil or to avoid evil ways, you ignore such warnings and go ahead to do the evil you have resolved in your heart. Judas Iscariot had deadened his conscience by the love for money, such that when Jesus warned his apostles about one planning betrayal, he did not heed to the warning. Recently, one of our dailies reported of a man who threw his son into the Well because he condemned his father’s ungodly activities. We can make our world, our homes, and our churches a better place by dusting our consciences of all corruption. We will have less report of evils around the world. Callous killings, fake prophesies and prophets, fake drugs, bitterness and rancor, unfriendly environmental policies, terrorism will become a thing of the past. Let us conclude with a message from Thomas Kempis, “The glory of a good man is the testimony of a good conscience. Therefore, keep your conscience good and you will always enjoy happiness, for a good conscience can bear a great deal and can bring joy even in the midst of adversity. But an evil conscience is ever restive and fearful.” Sweet shall be your rest if your heart does not reproach you.”
- Thank the good Lord for today’s reflection; appreciate Him for giving you conscience.
- Lord, be merciful to me for allowing my conscience to stray to the wrong ways in my dealings.
- Lord, help me to maintain a living conscience in me all the days of my life.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reawaken your conscience again. To revive any aspect of your conscience not responding to the call to do what is right. (Pray seriously)
Exercise: Take the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi (meditatively