⏰Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 June 2020)

📖1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16; Ps 27:7-8ab, 8c-9abc, 13-14 (R.v.8a); Matt 5:27-32

Have you noticed that God dwells in the quiet place of our heart more than in the noisy places of worship? Do not misunderstand this. I am just affirming the obvious.

There is so much noise in the world that we most often fail to listen the gentle voice of God. A preacher once listed noise and crowd among the three things that draw the heart of men away from God. We always want to listen to the crowd just like Elijah who sought God in strong wind, earthquake and fire whereas God was coming with a still small voice (1Kings 19:11-12).

Is it not the case that we prefer to listen to the noise of the world that suggests to us that we have the CHOICE to live as we wish? Hence sexual immortality no longer mean anything to us. Today, many of us do a lot of things under the pretence of love. Kissing or engaging in romance with someone who is not your wife or husband is no longer sin because the world suggests so.

Listen to the gentle voice of God saying, “everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt 5:28).

Hmmm! What of a woman who decided to dress immodestly in the name of fashion, seducing the other man to look at her lustfully?

The gentle voice of God says, “If anyone should cause one of these little ones…to stumble and fall into sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the depths of the sea with a large millstone around his neck” (Matt 18:6).

Do you still want to continue listening to the voice of the world or to chose to listen to the gentle voice of God as Elijah and many servants of God chose to do?

The decision is really ours to make individually but I pray that God may grant all of us the grace to seek his gentle voice than to listen to the world. Amen.

Have a wonderful day ahead in silence with God. Peace be with you dear.

Happy democracy day Nigeria. Help to make Nigeria better by choosing today to be a better Nigerian. It you begins with you.

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