????1 Macc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64; Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 (R.v.88); Luke 18:35-43
My dear, it is a beginning of a new working week. I pray that God may grant increase and success to the works of your hands, and open more doors of success to you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The blind man that Jesus met at the entrance of Jericho reiterates for us the importance of persistence in prayer, which the spirit of this season also calls us to extend to faith and righteousness. He did not allow anything to stop him from reaching Jesus. We must follow his footsteps if we must succeed in life.
Did you notice that it was the people in front of him who were trying to stop him from crying out to Jesus? We can see that to mean the leaders of the people as we can also see from their attempts to stop the people from proclaiming Jesus as the King (cf. Luke 19:38-39).
Antiochus Epiphanes tried also to stop the people from calling on God as recorded in the book of First Maccabees (cf 1 Macc 1:10-64). Some who felt that their salvation lies in their own hands yielded to the call of the evil king.
Who do you want to listen to – Jesus, who has invited us to come to him and find rest (cf. Matt 11:28) or the worldly rulers who try to lead us away from God? Ask yourself this too, “Am I one of those who lead others away from God?
May the Spirit of the Lord continue to enlighten us on our way so that we shall not be distracted on our journey with Jesus. Amen.
Have a smooth running, enlightening and fulfilled working week. Peace be with you.