Scripture: 1st Reading: Mal3,13-4,2; Resp. Psalm: Ps1,1-4,6; Gosp. Accl.: Acts16,14; Gospel: Lk11,5-13
We live in a world where practically everything is measured by its utility. We often hear people asking of what value something is to them. This question many times is also asked about God and His relevance to human affairs. We hear people ask: "Is it good to serve God? Does it profit to remain steadfast? What does the service of Him bring to us?"
The prophet Malachi faced the same probings. Yahweh told the prophet that the remonstrations of the people against Him were stout; that the people spoke against Him; that they stated that it was vain to serve Him since those who did not serve Him, like the arrogant, the wicked and evildoers put God to the test and escape punishment; prosper and lived good lives.
The word of God however brings comfort and consolation to the just today. This is because the victory of evil is pyrrhic, short lived and effervescent: it will never stand the test of time. Time, that great reckoner, will be the ultimate test of who would have the last and enduring laugh. Yahweh promised by His word today that the just and righteous shall be His special possession; He would spare them, distinguish between the righteous and the wicked; all the arrogant and evildoers will be stubble.
The just will have the final and definitive victory. The word of God today states it very clearly for our edification that for those who feared the name of the Lord, "the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings." It pays therefore to serve the Lord. It pays to put one's trust in Him. It pays to commit one's life in His hands.
That is what our Lord taught us in the parable of the importunate friend today. This friend believed in the power of friendship. He believed that his friend has the solution to the problem bedevilling him. He trusted in his friend's ability to do the needful. He insisted and gave his friend no respite until he got what he wanted.
Our Lord used this parable to teach us two important lessons, among others: that we should ask in order to receive, seek so that we find, knock some that the door be opened unto us. Secondly, our Lord made it clear to us that our Father in heaven knows how to give the best gifts to His children who put their trust in Him and call on Him from the depths of their hearts.
We must remember that no one forgets his special possession. Each one of us does all within his power to preserve and keep safe his special possession. We are that special possession of Yahweh. He will not abandon or forsake us. What He requires of us is to hold on to Him; what He demands is that we hang in no matter the situation; what pleases Him is that we never lose hope in His power to make a difference. What gives Him joy is that we place our trust in Him and delight in His law, no matter the circumstance. He will listen and act. Let us trust Him.
Let us pray: God our loving Father, you have given us the charge today to trust in you completely. Listen to our prayer. Bless the intentions of our hearts. Forgive us for the times we have not fully trusted in your providence. Give us patience to wait for the realization of your promises in our lives. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.