⏰Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

📕Jer 17:5-8; Ps. 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6, (R. Ps. 40:5ab); 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26


How did you feel yesterday with the postponement of the election? I felt very bad because of the so much time I had put in with the preparation of the observers for the day and had to get the information only after I had traveled to my polling unit which is far from where I stay now. So I can imagine how it is for those who have traveled even farer distances to vote only to get that shocker.

Whatever your feeling might be, please consider it as a temptation for apathy; don’t fall for it. Whatever it will cost you, ensure that you still get ready to vote on the rescheduled date. An additional day of stress is not worth comparing with another four years of suffering. If you were not prepared to vote before now, you have another chance to change and join hands with us to make a difference.

It seems that the gospel has a very important message of hope today. Notice that there were a group of four ‘bleeseds’ and parallel woes. The second and the third have a significant feature: they refer to a change of the present state. Take a look at this, “Blessed are you that hunger NOW, for you SHALL be satisfied” (Luke 6:21). When I read it, I simply muttered some prayers with it, “Blessed is Nigeria in distress NOW, for she shall rise again.

However, I know that that will not happen as a magic. We have to consciously desire it and work towards it. The prophet Jeremiah, in the first reading, tells us how to go about it; it is by having absolute trust in God, and not in man. Those who put their trust in man think that they won’t make profit if they don’t cheat or they can’t get promoted or succeed if they don’t give bribe. They think they can’t survive without selling out their votes just because of some raps of naira that can’t even last beyond one month.

Well, sometimes it is because the little things we can see block our view of the things beyond. Using the example of the resurrection of Jesus, St. Paul catechised the doubting Corinthians who doubted the possibility of rising from the dead. For us, it means more; if we believe in the resurrection of Jesus even when we were not first hand witnesses, why then do we doubt his ability to provide us with all we need if only we ask him?

God is the same yesterday, as he is today, and will be for ever. He guided the people of Israel to freedom; he can do it also for us. And as we place all our trust in him, may he not allow evil to triumph over our land. Amen.

Have a blessed Sunday dear. Peace be with you.

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