⏰Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 June 2016)

📖2 Chron 24:17-25; Ps 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34 (R.v.29a); Matt 6:24-34

Who would have imagined that King Joash, who received much protection from the house of God when his life was under threat by the wicked Queen Athaliah (cf. 2 Kings 11:1-20) would one day turn against God and the household of the same priest, Jehoiada that protected him? This happened because of the bad counsel from the princes of Judah (cf. 2 Chron 24:17).

Who are your friends? While you are making effort to be successful, materially and spiritually, do you try to keep a kind of company that would enable you make progress or one that would make you backslide? The truth is this: you cannot claim to be making effort to change your bad habit, like from being a drunkard, yet all your friends are drunkards. It cannot work.

Most times, what leads us into bad friendship is insecurity – we are not sure of what the future holds for us. We want to serve God with all our hearts, but we are not sure that letting go of our old masters and friends would be beneficial.

Hmmmm! Jesus is very categorical about this: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matt 6:24).

Once more, I ask you! Are you making efforts to be righteous? Who are your friends? Are they equally striving to be righteous?

May God save us from bad friends, who might be leading us to doom instead of helping us out of them. Amen.

Kindly pray today for all those who are sick.

Have a refreshing and restful weekend. Peace be with you.

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