It is 27th March 2020. The readings are from Wisdom 2:1, 12-22; and the Gospel from John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30. There is always some kind of a debate on why one should be good when many want to be different. The innocent, the righteous, the just, the good, the poor, the vulnerable, the honest, the truthful are always under attack from every corner by a bunch of people who wish to gossip, gang against, gurgle them in their throat day in and day out. The first reading tries to explain about those who do not fear God and conscience and their evil planning against those who vowed to be good. “Foolish people reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves, but they were led astray, for their wickedness blinded them and they did not know the secret purposes of God, nor hope for the wages of holiness, nor understand the prize for blameless souls.” (Wis.2:1,22). None of us will go unnoticed and unrewarded by God for being good and blameless. It is worth being good and to remain good and stand for truth is the vocation we all need to opt for in our lives. During this time of social distancing we all can be good and helpful by minding the distance and be mindful of tenderness displayed to each other however we are far from each other. The responsorial Psalm intercedes, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” The Gospel present Jesus, the innocent and unblemished lamb been attacked so viciously and maliciously by some people. “For no one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil. Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.” (John 7:28, 30). When God is on our side, no one can touch us. Yes, we will be criticized, attacked, mocked and sidelined yet truth takes precedence always. To know Jesus is to love Him. We can know Him in the sick, the suffering and the dying these days. The pain and the passion of all who are affected by the virus can remind us the passion and the suffering of our Lord during this Lenten time. May our love and prayers bring healing, health and hope to all who are affected by the virus. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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