1st Reading: Acts 9:31-42; Psalm: 116. R. v. 12; Gospel: Jn 6:60-69
OUR GOOD WORKS SHALL BE OUR ADVOCATE
BY FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
Dorcas was full of good works and acts of charity. This became her story. Her acts of charity moved the disciples to pity that they felt she ought not to have died so early. And so they called upon Peter. When Peter arrived, the good works of Dorcas were told by several widows who were beneficiaries of her acts of generosity. We can imagine the commotion in her house, as all the widows gathered there weeping and carrying the coat she made for them. This moved Peter that he knelt down and prayed, and God restored her back to life.
Can we remember the story of the raising of Lazarus and how Jesus was moved to tears because of his death? (Luke 11). Jesus did not raise Lazarus to life just because he was his friend but also because he was a good man. In Isaiah 38, God added fifteen more years to the life of Hezekiah because in sickness, Hezekiah prayed to God and recounted how he had walked in His ways when he was in good health. God gives life to those who do good and fear him.
This story of the raising of Dorcas and other biblical examples of Lazarus and Hezekiah reminds us of the Day of Judgment. On that day, we shall all be judged by the beautiful or the ugly stories we have written in our book of life. This will determine whether we shall enjoy eternal life or eternal condemnation. We can begin to write beautiful stories in our book of life now that we can; so that these stories would be the reason why God shall give us that life that never ends on the last day. When we are charitable, we build treasures for ourselves in heaven. What would we be remembered for when we pass away?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, may the passion for charity and good work grow daily in us so that it may shine out in our actions. Amen.
Egbuonu Johnpaul Okey