⏰Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent (03 March 2017)

????Dan 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.4abc); John 8:12-20

At the beginning of this new working week, the story of the rescue of pious woman, Susanna in the Book of Daniel 13:1-62 tells us that faithfulness triumphs over adversity. This portion of the book of Daniel belongs to the deuterocanonical section of the book which is only found in the Septuagint.

Susanna was a just wife of a rich man, Joakim in whose house many Jews gather on daily basis for different reasons. It now happened that two of the Jewish elders who were acting as judges desired to have canal knowledge of Susanna but she refused, opting to avoid the wrath of God than the wrath of man (Dan 13:23).

Of course the two evil men turned to accuse her publicly of infidelity and she was condemned to be stoned, following the Jewish customs. But on the way, the ever faithful God inspired the young man, Daniel to save the just woman. There, the wisdom of man was rendered foolish by God’s inspired wisdom and faithfulness triumphed over adversity.

The psalmist said, “Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death, no evil would I fear, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4).

Trials are bound to come your way my dear. Some of them might even threaten to eliminate you but remember that God does not abandon the just. His faithfulness is from everlasting to everlasting.

May His grace strengthen you always as you labour to remain with him in the face of adversity. Amen.

Have a blessed and grace-filled working week. Peace be with you.

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