BE THE CHANGE YOU DESIRE TO SEE IN OTHERS
????Isa 1:10, 16-20; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 (R.v.23bc); Matt 23:1-12
Many of us have multiple solutions to the problems of Nigerian and of our world. We are not oblivious of the fact that corruption plays a major role in enhancing these problems. Everyone in fact condemns it; Preachers spent so much time in churches, social media and streets condemning this menace and others like it.
Yet, very little fraction see the need to shun corruption and evil. That is what Jesus condemned in the Pharisees today (Matt 23:1-12). There was a dichotomy between what they preach and what they do. The world today no longer need much teachers and preachers. It rather needs witnesses, those who live out what they preach to others.
This is a clarion call to leaders of all sort, parents, teachers, formators, priests, civil authorities – all of us – to begin by lifting up that stone we will want others to lift. The world will surely be a better place if we do that.
You that are criticising politicians for hijacking power supply and for not caring if we perish, do you collect money from them in other to vote them?
IT INDEED BEGINS WITH YOU!
Remove the blinders in your eye first before checking other people’s eyes (Matt 7:5). The prophet Isaiah invites us to that change today.
Shortly after making bare the people’s obstinacy in 1:6-9, Isaiah began the courtroom theme in verse 10 where God invites the people to a dialogue on a way out of their mess. Of course the dialogue ends by reminding us that no sin is greater than God’s forgiveness (Isa 1:18).
No matter what our past has been, we can begin anew. May God help us to draw closer to him in holiness of life devoid of hypocrisy through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Peace be with you.