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Doctrines & Morals

It is expedient

March 24, 2018 (Saturday of Week 5 of Lent)


It is expedient…


Dear friends in Christ, there are times when for personal survival or corporate success, people look to their own interests only and at the expense of others. For business to boom, someone might create the environment for it. If one must sell arms for instance, he needs to encourage trouble and hostilities, even in hitherto peaceful communities. For such is a person, ‘it is expedient…’ for his business, but what is the repercussion for the communities involved in the conflict.


In the first reading of today (Ezekiel 37:21-28) God’s message to a divided and scattered people is that of bringing them back, reuniting them and giving them the possession of land he had promised to their ancestors. “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and I will gather them from all sides, and bring them to their own land; and I will make them one nation…. My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall have one shepherd.” This is obviously a plan of peace for the people. Why do we live as if we are not interested in peace and the well being of one another? We have seen nations devote so much of their budget to the funding of the military and wars all over the place, yet in the same nations there are so many poor people who cannot afford their daily living. Will the world not be a better place, if half of the money budgeted for wars are actually deployed into developmental projects? All weapons of war and of mass destruction being developed around the world are not meant to fight aliens but fellow human beings. The destruction wrought by insurgency on our own nation is very unfortunate but is very little, compared to what we have seen in other nations going through civil wars and battle against insurgency and extremism. Can we pause and reflect again on what war has ever achieved except destruction of lives and properties?


In todays gospel (John 11:45-57) while some were happy about the signs worked by Jesus, others were more interested in his death. Even at a time when they should be praying, they were busy plotting the death of a peaceful Messiah. “You know nothing at all; you do not understand that it is expedient for you, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish.” All these troubles are born of jealousy and envy and the pride that achieves nothing. The just may suffer temporarily, but there is eternal suffering for those who cause such sufferings of the innocent. Let the remaining days of this season of repentance be a time of total renewal for you.


Let us pray: I place all my trust in you my God, all my hope is in your mercy. Hear me and come to my aid. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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