20 Mar 2018: Pleasing God

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Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading 1: Nm 21:4-9; Gospel: Jn 8:21-30

“The one who sent me is with me he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him,” says Jesus. He lived in constant union with the Father, and in today’s Gospel, Jesus asserts that the Father has never left Him alone. God the Father also affirmed this at various occasions like baptism of Jesus (Mt 3:17), Transfiguration (Mt 17:5) and towards the end of Jesus’ life (Jn 12:28). The Father was ever present with Jesus. The reason that Jesus gives for this abiding presence of God is: ‘I always do what is pleasing to him’. It means to say that if we also do what is pleasing to God, then we will also be able to feel the abiding presence of God in our lives; for God does not show any partiality (Acts 10:34).

Are you trying hard to feel the presence of God in your life? Do you feel that God seems to be far away from you? Then it is time to check whether you always do what is pleasing to him? Reading the account of transfiguration and the voice from above, a devout man once asked the Father: ‘You seem to be well pleased only with your Son. Will you not be well pleased with me?’ God replied: ‘If you live like my Son, and do only what is pleasing to me, then I will also be well pleased with you.’ Yes, my friends, in reality, God does not discriminate any of us. He seems to value us even more than His only Son, whom He sacrificed for us on the Cross. If we do what is pleasing to Him, He will also be well pleased with us and we shall definitely feel His presence in our life.

People come to us when they suffer in life, when God seems far away, when difficulties never seem to disappear, etc. What we usually tell those people is this: ‘Don’t worry. God is with you. He will see you through your suffering/difficulty.’ That God is with you is undeniable, but the real question is ‘Are you with God?’ ‘Are you doing what pleases God?’

May we, like Jesus, always do what is pleasing to God and find His presence ever close by in our life. Amen.

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