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Not Moses
By FR JULIUS OLAITAN

April 17, 2018 (Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter)

 

It was not Moses…

 

Dear friends in Christ, sometimes the works of God are erroneously attributed to humans who served as intermediaries. There are situations where those who are supposed to be religious leaders have turned themselves into gods, with their gullible followers accepting whatever they say without questioning. Faith without reason is dangerous. Anyone who does not consider carefully what he has been told by another before acting, will soon find himself doing the wrong thing.

 

Our Gospel passage of today from John 6:30-35 is a continuation of our excursion in John, on the subject of the Bread of Life. Those whom Jesus had told that they were looking for him because they wanted food and not because they have seen the signs, said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? Our Fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven.” Some had the erroneous belief, that Moses the great leader of the people, was the one who provided for the people in this period of need. But Jesus corrected that impression saying, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven…” There are various instances where religious leaders have devised means to take the place of God. Many posters and banners and billboards you see on religious matters, worships and crusades point to the pastors, evangelists and healers, sometimes the name of God or Jesus and the image of Jesus are replaced by that of the organiser. Where is Jesus or God in your church? Who is more important, God or your pastor? Many advertisements simply point to the pastor as the one who makes things happen—work miracles and deliver people from their maladies—‘It was not Moses, it is God.’ When the ministry does not point to Jesus, there is something fundamentally wrong. Is that not the reason why some visit ritualists for power; why sacrifices are offered to keep the ministry going and to keep the crowds coming? Why there is no sense of Christian sacrifice—the Cross—in many places of worship? It is very scary that people who are supposed to be religious leaders are sometimes fingered in rituals involving human sacrifice, for the purpose of establishing the ‘kingdom of God’—where is God in that?

 

The first reading of today (Acts 7:51-8:1) tells us clearly of the kind of sacrifices the early Christians made to establish the church. It was a sacrifice based on the truth of the Gospel. The blood of the martyrs became the seeds of that church. Rather than make sacrifices today, many are in the race to make money and in the process sacrifice the truth of the Gospel. Where do you belong?

 

Let us pray: Lord, help us to be your true followers. May we hold on firmly to the truth of the Gospel. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


 
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