Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Cor5,14-21; Resp. Psalm: Ps103,1-4,8-12; Gosp. Accl.: Ps119,36,29; Gospel: Mt5,33-37
We live in a world where greed and selfishness have almost become second nature to some people. We live in a period where those who have are looking for more and sadly some are robbing those who have not so as to add more to what they have acquired. We live in a world where we equate possessions with happiness and think the more of it we have, the happier we should be. We live in a world where many think the world belongs to them and that any other person who lays claim to it is an impostor.
This is where Christian witnesses become absolutely important. The person of Christ is as pivotal today as He has been through the ages. This is because He died for us all so that we might leave behind the life of selfishness. He died for us all so that we who live might live no longer for ourselves but for Him.
Believers are this called to provide an alternative, to give a credible to a world that thinks and glories only in itself, whose love is turned towards itself. The word of God in today's first reading teaches us why we need to do this. The word tells us clearly: "Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation."
By virtue of the reconciliation God achieved through His Son Jesus Christ, we have been entrusted with God's message of reconciliation and constituted ambassadors for Christ with the sole mission of calling humanity that has turned love within itself to reach out to others. Having ourselves been reconciled to God, we are sent out to bring this reconciliation to humanity and call every one to be reconciled to God once more.
Our Lord in today's gospel taught us clearly the need to stand up and be counted for Him. He told us about the need to say "yes" when that is the right answer to give and to say "no" when that is the correct answer in the circumstance. He told us never to swear to justify any action, good or bad. This is because we do not belong to ourselves. We are not our own property. We wholly belong to Another, to God Himself.
As we listen to His voice today, let us meditate on the direction of our lives and the values we place on the passing things of this world. The word tells us today that we are reconciled in Him who reconciled us to the Father. Let us stand up and be counted on His side.
Let us pray: God our Heavenly Father, we give praise and thanks to your holy name for the selfless life of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We would have perished had He not accepted to die for us so as to reconcile us to you. Help us to imitate Him and become your worthy ambassadors, bringing your love and reconciliation to our broken world. May His love continue to urge us on. Amen
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Happy Weekend.