Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekday Reflection Thursday Week 1- Fr .Michael U. Udoekpo

Weekday Reflection Thursday Week 1- Fr .Michael U. Udoekpo
Reading Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95:6-7c, 8-11 and Mark 1:40-45

God and the Desert of Our lives

 Yesterday Jesus the high priest in solidarity with us cured not only Simon’s mother –in-law, but many others who had flock to him for healing. Today, in Mark 1:40-45 Jesus willingly extends same healing mercies to a man who had leprosy, a terrible, skin disease..

It is interesting to note that even though Christ had warned him against un necessary publicity he did the contrary publicizing what the Lord had done for him. And many others who came to him from all walks of life in the deserted places that Jesus decided to remain.

Unlike Jesus who healed and practiced virtues in deserted places, the Israelite were disobedient in the desert and many did not entered God’s rest- the Promised Land. They hardened their heart ( ps 95) They practice idolatry. The author to the Letter to the Hebrews warns us against such practices “today” since we have become partners of Christ (Heb 3:7-14).

There are many forms of idolatry and disobedience today, which I may called “the desert of our lives.” Some people worship money, practice tyranny, abuse sex, drugs, power and alcohol which takes us away from Jesus- the high priest.

Since we are the children of the kingdom, of the eternal rest, we want to learn from the mistakes of our forefathers in the desert by encouraging ourselves and allowing God to irrigate the “deserts” of our lives; the “deserts” of our families, communities and societies.

Each of us can also be in one way or the other sources of spiritual irrigation, support, nourishment, encouragement for our neighbors, particularly those experiencing, temptation, dryness, hunger, illness, and any form of "desert" in their lives, today!