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Monday of Holy Week - Jesuits of North-West Africa Province | Society of Jesus

Monday of Holy Week

Is 42: 1-7/ Ps 27: 1. 2. 3. 13-14/ Jn 12: 1-11

By *Miss Francisca Ziniel

Isaiah sets before us a perfect definition and example of God's people, they that call upon God their Father, Jesus their saviour. The Spirit of God through baptism has been poured into us to be and bring fair judgments to the nations, at our homes, work places, public places and at church. The Spirit of God in us is not the one that gets tired of doing good and what is right and just. It is not that which exploits the poor and weak, which takes advantage of the ignorant and needy, but one which draws inspiration and strength from God to be good and to do good always.

Many at times we complain of being tired of doing what is right, fighting for the right and being right and just ourselves, but Isaiah goes on to reveal onto Yahweh, the God we profess and claim to know, to love and to serve... "I, Yahweh, have called you in saving justice, I have grasped you by the hand and shaped you; I have made you a covenant of the people and light to the nations..."

Have you ever been grasped by the hand by a strong person before? Isaiah is telling us that YAHWEH, the God that holds the universe in place is grasping us by the hand and shapes us. This tells us that we can not be wrong and cannot be tired of doing good and what is right, because a force beyond strength and power is holding our hand and shaping us in all situations to be able to be light to the nations for which he has CALLED us.

We cannot but continually open the eyes of the "blind" to God's word, grace, love, mercy and saving power. We can not be tired but constantly speak and preach freedom to the mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually captive and ignorant of God's Word of love, mercy and judgement.

Isaiah perfectly brings to light to us who know God, our mandate, our calling and our purpose. It is not one of self worth, importance and comfort, but one that makes us take upon ourselves the mandate and calling of Jesus Christ, whose life and death we have been called and baptised into. We are being called to govern the nation by being good and exemplary leaders wherever God puts us.

All the above means that we will be challenged, opposed, hated, ridiculed, intimidated and victimized but the God that calls and grasps our hands still shapes us to be able to pass through it and do it all. God will never call any of us to something we can not do, remember he created and made each and everyone of us, therefore our strengths, weaknesses and abilities are all in the known to him.

*Miss Francisca Ziniel is a worships at St. Ignatius Church, an out-station of the Jesuit-run St. Anthony Catholic Church in Accra, Ghana. 


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