Scripture Reading: Genesis 4:1- 15
“No man is an island” is a statement that constantly reminds us that we are all social beings by nature. Human beings are created by God to live with each other in a society. No single human being can provide all his needs without the help of others. No matter what you are in life and no matter what you do, you will need the assistance of others. Whatever position you think you occupy in life, there is need for the help of others.
This explains why Aristotle said that he who cannot live with others is either a god or an animal. We are human beings and as such we are meant to live with our fellow men. The problem of man is not in the world neither is it from God. Many of the problems we face in the world are caused by human beings themselves. The primary problem of man is selfishness; we think so much of ourselves without minding how it will affect the lives of others. Cain was so selfish that he was stingy unto God, he kept the best of his harvest to himself and offered to God items that were not befitting of an offering to God. He became jealous because his brother offered a befitting sacrifice to God. When we nurse jealousy and hatred in our hearts, there is every chance that it will brood other evil.
In Genesis 4:6-7, God saw that Cain was already bitter and that his anger was about leading him into a bigger sin, God warned Cain but because he was locked up in his selfishness, He did not heed the warning of God. So it is, that our selfish dispositions becloud our sense of decency and love for God and so we open up ourselves for easy flow of Satanic activities.
Our relationship with God will never be stable if we do not relate well with our neighbours;( 1Jn.4:20) we must be good human beings for us to become good Christians. The much we have loved God is evidenced in how much we have shown love to our neighbours. God is asking each and every one of us, “where is your brother?” Our reward as Christians depend on how much we have cared for each other. Let us learn to commit ourselves to making life better for others it is only in doing this that we become authentic Christians.
MASS: VIOLET: Is 7: 10-14; Ps 24: 1-2. 3-4ab. 5-6; Lk 1: 26-38 DOMINIC OF SILOS,ADVENT WEEKDAY II
1. Thank God for your life and other blessings in your life.
2. Raise a worship song and bless God for the lives of friends and family.
3. Ask God for forgiveness for the many times you have ignored the needs of others.
4. Ask God for the grace to open your heart to help anyone in need especially when you can be of help.
5. Ask God for the needed resources: material and spiritual, to be able to be part of the 21-day fasting programme starting 2nd January 2018.
Exercise: Show some kindness to someone today.
Meditation: John 13:34-35