Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:22
An ex-governor was interviewed about a Catholic Bishop. He was asked, what can you say you have learnt from the Bishop? He said, “The Bishop has taught me to remain standing even if I am the only one standing in what is correct and right.” We are in a world, where it is now a common event to see that you might be the only one defending what is good before the Lord. You will find out in a group where you belong that you are likely the only one defending what is morally right. In the office, you are the only one not involved in a shady deal. In the business of buying and selling, you are the only one not selling with “magic cup”. Amongst your friends in the school, you are the only one not co-habiting. Jesus says to you today, “keep standing, because you are not standing for anybody, you are standing for Me.” No wonder, Mahatina Gandhi says, “When you have a good cause, never descend to personalities.” Elijah, in the defense of the worship of the true God against the worship of idol, stood alone for God. Elijah said, “…I am the only prophet of the Lord still left, but there are 450 prophets of Baal.” (1 Kings 18:22). Dear child of God, for it to have come to your mind that what is going on is evil and not acceptable is an indication that God wants you to stand firm and defend His statutes. God wants His own to always stand for Him. This means, standing for whatever is good and of good report. St. Justine Martyr says, “All truth, wherever it is found, belongs to us as Christians.” Noah was the only one who stood against the wickedness common in his time. In Genesis 6-9-10, the Scripture says, “…Noah had no faults and was the only good man of his time.” Noah was not discouraged, but rather refused to belong to the sinning majority. Daniel, was the only one who stood up in defense of Susanna against the false accusation of adultery levelled against her by the judges; he was the only man standing in his time in defense of injustice. In Sodom and Gomorrah, Lots family were the only family not found guilty of sexual sins. Watch our world today, there are different forms of Sodom and Gomorrah activities such that it takes the grace of God not to fall into error with the world. An advert inviting the public to attend a seminar titled, “Remaining pure in a sexually-chargedworld” used high-heeled shoes of white and red colours to figuratively express the topic. There were seven high-heeled shoes, out of the seven, only one was white. In the case of sexual immorality challenging the society today, you can be the “white high-heeled shoe.” Daniel became the only honest supervisor among the three of them chosen to supervise the hundred and twenty governors Darius appointed. “Then the other supervisors and the governors tried to find something wrong with the way Daniel administered the empire, but they couldn’t, because Daniel was reliable and did not do anything wrong or dishonest.” In matters of sensitive moral issues, the Catholic Church has taken a stand that is nearly proved wrong by others. Dear Daily Strength member, God is counting on you to stand for what is right irrespective of the wrong theories and philosophies devised to prove that you are unrealistic or wrong. In Matthew 7:13-14, the Scripture says, “Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.” It is because we have only one standing at any particular point in time in matters of what are right before God that leads to the few that will find the gate to life. Take the decision like Daniel to stand for God at all times.
MASS: GREEN 2 Cor 3:4-11; Ps 99:126.96.36.199.9 (R.9c); Accl. Ps 25:4b-5a; Mt 5:17-19
1. Lord, give me the grace not to be influenced by the evil happenings around me.
2. Pray for those who have been influenced into doing evil things, that God will help them to have a renewed mind to live uprightly.
3. Pray against the influence of immorality in places where ordained ministers and religious are being formed. (Pray seriously)
4. Father, like Daniel in Daniel 12:13 give me grace to remain faithful till the end.
Exercise: Make a commitment to the Lord that you will remain in what is right even if you are the only one standing.
Meditation: Philippians 1:27