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March 31, Friday, Fourth Week of Lent - Jesuits of North-West Africa Province | Society of Jesus

Friday, Fourth Week of Lent

March 31, 2017

1ST READING: Wisdom 2:1a. 12-22 Gospel: John: 7:1-2. 10.25-30

By *Mr. Anthony Kalu, nSJ

Sometimes I ask myself; if Jesus Christ were to come in this twenty first century would we accept him; are we going to take him as the Christ? In the present situation of the world, what the world needs now is not a peace preacher, but one who will burst the world up and move people to fight for their right and speak out for what they feel is right. If Jesus, the Prince of Peace comes again today are we going to be able to recognise him as who he really is? Most times, our prayers are for us to conquer and be the best and to be at the forefront of everything. Our view of God is that he is a 'mighty man in battle' and therefore he should come and help us fight our battles. The Jews were so disappointed with whom they were told was the messiah. They were expecting a political messiah, one who would come to lead them to battle and conquer all their enemies. They expected him to come in an extraordinary way and that everyone should fear him. Unfortunately for them, Christ was born just like every other man and passed through the stages of growth just like every other human did. For them it was hard to believe. The worst of it all was when he started to make some controversial statements about who he was and where he came from. This was what led the Jews to set into motion the plot for his eventual death. Jesus being God knew what was going on and he did not stop it from happening rather he still went about doing the work of his father.

Most times in our lives we give up just because of the present situation of the world or what people say about us. Jesus admonishes us today to pay close attention to what we do and to keep on doing that which we are called to do without fear of what will happen. The plot against Jesus never made him give up because he wanted us, his present day disciples, to follow suit without fear. For us to be effective in the propagation of the gospel we ought to be steadfast unmovable and stand our grounds in matters of faith.

As we continue this Lenten journey, there are two things I would like us to pay attention to;

  1. We must try to recognise Jesus in his simplicity and humility. Doing this will be a great tool for us to encounter him better and partake in his agony to the cross.
  2. We must persevere in our earthly trials and cling on to the hope that comes at the end, everlasting life.

May the name of the lord be blessed in our hearts through Christ our lord Amen.

By *Mr. Anthony Kalu, nSJ, is a second year Novice at the Jesuit Novitiate in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

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