HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF LENT.
THEME: BELIEVE IN HIM.
BY: FR. GERALD M. MUSA.
It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed, says St. Augustine. Jesus was disappointed in the stiffnecked and stubborn Jews who neither recognized Him nor believed in Him. Their stubbornness and rebellion led Moses to plead for God’s pardon many times on their behalf. They paid no attention to the testimonies of Moses and John the Baptist about Jesus. They ignored the testimony of scriptures which foretold the coming of Jesus. What’s more, they rejectel Jesus even when God the Father confirmed His divinity with a voice from heaven saying “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
He came in the name of God and they refused to believe in Him, but they had a habit of accepting dubious preachers and prophets. They refused to recognize Him because they could not see His divine identity. They were blind to the glaring divine credentials that were manifested in the signs and wonders that accompanied His ministry. When we reflect deeply, we will see that we share similar characteristics withh the Jews. We share in their stubbornness; we share in their lack of belief; we also have a tendency to rebel against the commandments of God. Duringthis season of Lent, we need to grow in knowledge and faith in Jesus. Do you know that profound faith and knowledge of Jesus springs from a loving relationship with Him?
EXODUs 327-14; JOHN S:3l47;
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