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Homilies/Reflections

Ask What
By FR JULIUS OLAITAN

February 3, 2018 (Saturday of Week 4 Year II)

 

Ask What I shall give you

 

Dear friends in Christ, is there anyone who will not relish the opportunity to determine what his future will be. To have the chance to say it and see it happen exactly the same way. If such a golden chance comes your way—to ask for one thing that you would want God to give you, what will it be?

 

Today’s first reading (1 Kings 3:4-13) looks so simple to us today, but in the very moment when Solomon had the chance to ask what he would want God to do for him, it may not have been as easy. Even though this was said to have happened in his dream, Solomon made a choice that is difficult to fault even today. “You have shown great mercy and love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness and in uprightness of heart towards you…you have made your servant king in place of David my father….Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil…” The reply of Solomon was pleasing to God. What about your own prayer? What do you ask for? Money, the death of your enemies, fame…? Learn to pray well and you’ll get the answer.

 

In the Gospel of today (Mark 6:30-34) though Jesus and his disciples deserved their rest, people saw them and went round the lake on foot to wait for them.  When he saw the people, he felt sorry for them.  Though he had told his disciple to come away to a lonely place for rest, he found his privacy invaded.  What will you do, if you are in his position?  Drive them away? But Jesus had pity on them, he ministered to their need.  We can be of help if we choose to. What do you do when your children disturb your rest?

 

The people who came in search of Jesus, were like sheep without a shepherd. They however found a shepherd in Jesus as he took his time to teach them at great length and to attend to their needs. The good shepherd should be the model for those who aspire to be good leaders. If they are to be true leaders they must also be true shepherds. They must be ready to render service even at the expense of their personal comfort. In our homes, parents are the first set of shepherds to their children and wards. Do we really have true and good shepherds? Are parents in a hurry to abandon their responsibilities to other people—school teachers, house-helps and nannies? Are parents up to the task of shepherding their homes or just think it is enough to supply their material needs?

 

Let us pray: We pray you Lord to grant us the grace to be concerned about the good of all genuinely for your sake. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

 
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