Daily Reflection- Thursday, March 26th, 2020
The central message from today’s Readings is that there is no limit to God’s gift of mercy.
In the First Reading (Ex 32:7-14) we hear of the people of Israel, having been liberated from slavery in Egypt, they responded with ingratitude and infidelity by crafting and worshiping the golden calf. Justice would demand punishment for such behavior. But Moses succeeds in allaying God’s wrath toward the Israelites, reminding him of his covenant with Abraham, and how his blazing wrath would be perceived by the Lord’s enemies. In his mercy, God relents the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people.
Andrea Di Lione - Adoration of the Golden Calf - 1629
In the Gospel (Jn 5:31-47) Jesus points out how the people of his day often acted with hypocrisy and ingratitude. They witnessed the mighty deeds of Jesus but rejected him as the One sent by God.
Ingratitude before the Lord, and the worship of false idols is not unique to the ancient Israelites, but rather, is part of our human struggle.
Moses Destroying the Golden Calf, Andrea Celesti 1681
As we continue on our Lenten journey, we are challenged to abandon our false idols which turn us from the way God has pointed out to us, and to root out our sins of ingratitude before the Lord. The good news is that God’s gift of mercy is without limit toward all who seek him and come before him with a repentant heart. While we may forget the Lord, the Lord never forgets us – His mercy endures forever. AMEN.
Peace be with you!
Fr. Frank Lubowa