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Homilies/Reflections

I will not forget
By FR JULIUS OLAITAN

March 14, 2018 (Wednesday of Week Four of Lent)

 

Even these may forget…

 

Dear friends in Christ, you sometimes still remember what someone did to you while you were in elementary school, many years ago, particularly those who were very helpful to you. You might remember also the not so good experiences of yesteryears. There are situations also, where people forget the good others have done, or even forget such people completely. God does not forget anyone—all are precious to him. 

 

In our first reading today (Isaiah 49:8-15) we were told, God promised his people, that he will bring about their restoration. “In the time of favour I have answered you, in a day of salvation I have helped you; I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages…” For those in exile, this is a message of hope. A restoration that will affect prisoners, and also those in darkness. Those in exile will go free, and those who are in the darkness of error, will come into enlightenment. God also promised, to feed them along the way, and make the barren deserts into a pasture for them. He will make sure they do not hunger or thirst. God will shield them from the heat of the Sun and light up the night for them. This language brings to mind the first Exodus from Egypt, in which God made miraculous provisions for the satisfaction of the great throng that left Egypt for the Promised Land. The Prophet therefore, calls heaven to rejoice and the earth to break forth, for the comfort the Lord brings to his people. The exiles who thought God had forgotten them, were given even a stronger assurance in the metaphor of a nursing mother. “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you”

 

In today’s Gospel (John 5:17-30)  God’s eternal care for even those who have died is assured. “As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the son gives life to those whom he will….The hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” God obviously does not forget anyone, and he repays all for what they have done. God is ever faithful and eternally merciful. This season of grace is a great time to make our way back home to God by abandoning the ways of sin and choosing that which is right. Because sin is the only thing that can separate us from God.

 

Let us pray: God our heavenly Father, we rejoice in your mercy and the assurance that you will not forget us. Keep us strong in your love. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen


 
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