Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent (18th March, 2016) on the Gospel

Jer 20:10-13;
Ps 17:2-7. (R. cf. v. 7);
Jn 10:31-42.

Topic: Think before acting.

The Jews typical of themselves picked stones in today’s gospel to throw at Jesus. They never had difficulty picking stones against Jesus even when they were not actually provoked. In today’s gospel pericope, although they had nothing against His works but they judged His words blasphemous. They also tried to arrest Him but Jesus escaped from their hands and went away again across the Jordan. People went to Him and also testified that although “John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.”

Just like the Jews many have no time to waste reflecting on issues before acting. And this singular yet regular mistake has led us into many regrettable actions. The book of Proverbs reads “A man of quick temper acts foolishly, but a man of discretion is patient” (Prov 14:17). And the book of Ecclesiastes correctly admonishes, “Be not quick to anger, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools” (Eccl 7:9).

As we draw closer to the Pascal mysteries, it is important for us to cultivate the culture of taking time to reflect before speaking and acting. It will help us avoid lots of mistakes. It will also make us better human beings and Christians thereby making this world a better place. This is for the good of all because whatever you sow is what you will reap, cf. Gal 6:7. Let us do good always, cf. 2Thess 3:13.

Bible Reading: Prov 14:16-18.

Thought for today: You reap what you sow.

Let us pray: Our Father, help us to be slow in taking decisions – Amen.

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