Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 : 2 Jn 4-9; Gospel: Lk 17:26-37
‘Obedience brings blessings and disobedience destruction’. The theme of the Gospel passage can be summarized in this manner. In the whole Bible if we read we can see people who have obeyed God like Abraham, Moses, Job etc and the people who have disobeyed God like Adam, the people of Israel etc. To obey is to surrender, surrender top the will of God. Obedience would mean fixing our eyes to God. The only concern of the one who has fixed gaze on God is to do the will of God, nothing else matters to Him. Abraham fixed eyes on God when he was asked to sacrifice his only son, he had no second thought and we see the fruit of his obedience, God blessed him abundantly. In the same way if we glance through the Bible we can come across many persons who lived their lives in exact obedience to the will of God.
Finally we have our Lord Jesus the perfect example of obedience. He knew the will of His Father, and surrendered Himself in obedience to His Father. He fixed His gaze on the Cross, the symbol of salvation. Nothing distracted Him, disturbed Him; persecutions, rejection, scourging, crucifixion everything became means for Him to so the will of the Father who send Him. He teaches us a new lesson, ‘only those who obey can believe and only those who believe can obey’. God uses broken things, broken soil and broken clouds to produce grain, broken grains to produce bread, broken bread to feed our bodies. He wants our stubbornness broken into humble obedience. Let us break ourselves so that God can use us to do His works here on earth.