Sunday 30th March – 4th Sunday of Lent

Reflection: 1 Samuel 16: 1, 6-13


There is a truth in the saying: “He who has nothing to look forward to, has nothing to live for.” Man as a creature of purpose, must necessarily have aspirations. These aspirations must be positive and decently pursued to promote our common good as humans.

However today, our world is bedeviled with several inordinate desires. There are over ambitious individuals who see life as nothing but a rat race! These ones readily betray trust, jettison morality and violate their conscience in a bid to reach their myopic end (2 Timothy 3: 1-4). The high level of monetary inducement, bribery and corruption plaguing our land is one of the offshoots of this. So in the midst of this, what should our response be as Christian youths?

Our response must necessarily stem from deeper conviction and understanding. One which is dependent on God for direction in life’s pursuit. One which irrevocably commits itself to the fulfillment of its assured mission. But alongside, our hearts must be large enough to help others in the fulfillment of their lofty aspirations. By this we “blossom where God has planted us”. This is being light in our own spheres of life.

In today’s first reading, we see how God can safely guard and deliver the blessing He has apportioned for His chosen ones. What He did for David amidst seven brothers, He is more than able to do for you and I today. This should be our assurance in life’s pursuits amidst the unhealthy rivalry around us.

PRAYER: Eternal Father, please daily grant me a clearer picture of Your will for me, help me choose it, and grant me fulfillment therein. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 49 – Does God guide the world and my life?

Yes, but in a mysterious way; God guides everything along paths that only he knows, leading it to its perfection. At no point in time does something that he has created fall out of his hands.

 HIDE A TREASURE: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 RSV-CE

Readings for today: 1 Samuel 16: 1, 6-7, 10-13; Psalm 23: 1-6; Ephesians 5: 8-14


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