Liturgical Colour : Green
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today as we listened to the words of the Lord in the Scriptures, we are all called to follow the Lord with great devotion and commitment, giving ourselves to the mission which He has entrusted all of us and which He has called us to do in our lives, in our world today. Each and every one of us as Christians have received this same calling from the Lord, to follow Him and to dedicate ourselves and our every beings and contributions to His cause. We are God’s chosen people, His beloved children.
In our first reading today, we heard the words of the Apostle St. Peter who spoke to us through his Epistle regarding the revelation of God’s truth which all Christians have received from the Lord Himself, through Christ Who has come into this world, our Lord and Saviour, and which He has passed down to us through His Church and His disciples. And this truth which we have received, the love that we have been blessed with by God, the kindness and attention that we have received from the Lord, all these should be our motivation to live our lives wholeheartedly, walking in the path that God has shown us.
Unfortunately, the reality is such that, many of us are often not doing what we are supposed to do as God’s followers and disciples. We carry on living our lives while ignoring the calling of the Lord, living our lives in the way that we want it to be, and not following or listening to the words of the Lord speaking to us in our hearts. We often closed our hearts to God, and it is often simply because we are too busy thinking and worrying about our daily worldly agenda and matters. We barely spent any time even for the Lord, preferring to spend a lot of time instead for things that satisfy us, our desires and wishes.
We do not have to look far beyond ourselves and our fellow brothers and sisters in faith. How many of us know of fellow Christians, even those from within our own families and circle of friends, who have lapsed from the faith, or stopped attending and participating in the Holy Mass and other celebrations and events of our faith life? And even among all of us who are still actively participating in the Church and the various activities of faith, how many of us spend good quality time with the Lord, especially through prayer?
In our Gospel passage today we heard the Lord speaking to His disciples, reassuring them all that those who have given themselves and their lives to Him, in great dedication and commitment, shall never be disappointed. This is because God Himself knows everything that they have done, and while the disciples and followers of the Lord may encounter challenges, trials and sufferings because of their faith, but their faith and commitment to God will always be remembered, and because of this, all of us should not be hesitant anymore in following God.
That is yet another reason why people often did not follow the Lord wholeheartedly, as we are often afraid of the persecutions, sufferings, trials and various other obstacles that we may have to endure in following the Lord. And because of these too, we are often afraid of losing our worldly privileges and all the good things we have enjoyed in life, and we are afraid of losing them. Hence, that was why we ended up veering off away from the Lord’s path and turned more and more into the divergent paths of the world.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, today as we are about to begin the season of Lent starting tomorrow with Ash Wednesday, all of us are reminded to put away our many concerns, fears, attachments and all things that have kept us away from God for so long. If we have been distracted from following God all these while, then let us make it our Lenten commitment and pledge for us to follow the Lord with ever greater dedication and to purify ourselves from the many temptations and the many corruptions that have often prevented us from finding our way to the Lord.
Let us all devote ourselves anew to the Lord, and strive to give our very best to Him, making use of this great opportunity we have received in this upcoming season of Lent, to redirect our attention and focus once again on Our Lord, on His truth, love and grace. Let us be deepen our relationships with Him through prayer, and commit ourselves more and more to do greater works for His greater glory. May all of us have a blessed season of Lent starting tomorrow, and may God be with us all. Amen.