First Reading: Eph 6:10-20; Psalm: 144. R. v. 1b; Gospel: Lk 13:31-35
BY FR VALENTINE NNAMDI EGBUONU, MSP
Some Pharisees came, and said to Jesus, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” Does this sound like they cared? We may easily think so. But in truth, these men really do not care. They only ceased Herod’s threat as an opportunity to send Jesus away from their district. The Pharisees have always opposed the teachings of Jesus; so Herod’s threat because a means to chase Jesus far away from around them. Surprisingly, Jesus showed no sign of intimidation but confronted their pretence and Herod’s threat with a courageous berating tone.
This effort of the Pharisees to thwart the ministry of Jesus was a sign of rejection. Herod didn’t like to hear about Jesus same as the Pharisees. This led to the lament of Jesus who was so pained that all his effort to gather the people of Jerusalem as one flock was met with rejection and frustration. Jesus’ use of the image of a mother hen shielding her brood explains how Jerusalem could have been saved had they listened to him. They shall however regret this missed opportunity.
When we begin to see the Word of God as a threat to some sinful areas of our life; it is a sign of rejection to God’s saving love. When we subtly shrug off thoughts inviting us to do the things that are right; this also is clearly an act of rejection. God invites us in so many ways to return to him; even through the good deeds of people. This means that the exemplary lives of people are meant to inspire and change us. If we do not permit this to happen, we are refusing God to change us also. Unlike the Pharisees, we should allow God to change us rather than feel uncomfortable when he speaks to us.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord Jesus, grant us a docile heart to always listen and do your will. Amen.