Friday of the 9th Week in ordinary time: their story ended in happiness!
Scripture: 1st Reading: Tobit11,5-15; Resp. Psalm: Ps146,1-2,6-10; Gosp. Accl.: Jn14,23; Gospel: Mk12,35-37
It goes well for the man who puts his trust in the Lord. Happiness awaits him who hopes in the Lord his God. The tides of life may rise very high, but him they shall not overpower nor conquer.
The story of Tobit and his son ended well because of the trust they had in the mercies of Yahweh. Tobias returned home with his new wife. Tobit was given his sight back by Yahweh, the mighty God, joy was restored to the household of this God fearing family. The story ended well because the power they trusted never failed.
That power that saves, redeems, rescues from distress and glorifies is the One Jesus came to reveal to mankind. Our Lord came to reveal His Father, the eternal, everlasting, Almighty and merciful God. He revealed the Person of His Father and made known that as the true Son of His Father, He shared the same nature with His Father.
This was the point our Lord made in today's gospel told debunk the claim that He was the son of David. He declared to the that what David wrote in the Psalms had put this affirmation to rest. Therefore, the Christ was not David's son but the Son of God. This is because the Christ was higher than David.
It goes well with the man who trusts in the Lord. It goes well with one who believes in God who preserves fidelity forever and shows justice to those who are oppressed. It goes well with the man who puts his hopes in God despite the challenges of life. At the end, the man who trusts in the Lord laughs last and laughs best.
Let us pray: God our Heavenly Father, you have promised to be with us in all situations and circumstances of our lives. Listen to our supplications. Reveal your power in our lives. Give us your grace to continue to hold on and cling to you during the difficult moments of our lives. Give us answers to our prayers to reinforce our faith. May our stories end in happiness. Amen
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Rev. Fr. Anthony Igbekele.