Scripture: 1st Reading: James4,13-17; Resp. Psalm: Ps49,2-3,6-11; Gosp. Accl.: Jn14,6; Gospel: Mk9,38-40
Life comes along with challenges. Some of these test the best of patience. This is why we make plans so as to overcome the uncertainties of a tomorrow that we have no power to control or manipulate. We desire to control all that will happen to us, even what will be our lot in the future. Life however teaches us time and again that to attempt to control what is not within our power is utter waste of time.
This is the case when we planning for tomorrow without God. We discover to our consternation that such is an exercise in futility. Making grandiose plans without an attendant thought about the transitory nature of our lives is tantamount to lack of wisdom.
The first reading today teaches us that haggling or worrying over a tomorrow that we do not know anything about is a waste of time. This is because life itself is like a mist that rises at dawn but vanishes with the coming of the Sun. The word of God today teaches us that the best attitude is to put ourselves under the will of God. We must develop the capacity to hand over important issues of our lives to the Lord.
The word today teaches us to refrain from boasting in our ignorance. It admonishes us to always do what is right. This was what was the kernel of the teaching and correction our Lord gave to His disciples in today's gospel passage. Our Lord told the beloved disciple and the others that no one can stop the spirit of God from blowing where He wills.
The disciples in today's gospel wanted to stop the person who was performing miracles in the name of Jesus because he was not one of the circle. This gave our Lord the opportunity to teach His disciples that "no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me. He that is not against us is for us."
Let us remember today that only one Person has the key to the future. Only He knows what the future has in store for us. Let us entrust the future into His capable hands.
Let us pray: O God our Father, you have prepared the best for us your servants. Grant us your grace to be prompt in doing your will in all things without complaint. Amen.
Kindly say a word of prayer for the happy repose of the soul of my father, Pa Joseph Igbekele, who died on 18.05.18, and the souls of all the faithful departed.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.