It is 16th March 2018. The readings are Wisdom 2:1, 12-22; and the Gospel from John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30. Do not be afraid of those who can destroy our lives when we are living a holy and blameless life. Yes, it is a challenging and unrewarding journey on earth for being sincere, honest and truthful. But be assured that God will not let us down at all. Whoever is hunting for our lives with the intentions of destroying to the core yet we need to believe in the first reading that the righteous person is blessed and rewarded. “They do not know the hidden things of God, they have no hope that holiness will be rewarded, they can see no reward for blameless souls.” (Wis.2:22). Let us not be tired being truthful, sincere and honest until we reach God. There are more we could count wish to destroy, dissipate and distant our good intentions time and time again. We just need to hang in there even if the one we wish to lead them to God and Truth cunningly make us suffer. It is worth going through suffering and pain for standing for truth and love. “Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil” (1 Pt 3:16). The responsorial Psalm encourages us “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.” (Ps.33:19). The Gospel enquires into our belief whether we know God and Jesus. The people wanted to get rid of Jesus; yet Jesus did not stop doing good. He came not advertise Himself but to show God and makes us experience who God is. We too are here on earth as believer to present God to the others by our way of belief and good work. Surely, there are more than one occasion, some people want to get rid of us. Let us place all our hope in the Lord and continue doing good. As we are wrapping up the fourth week, we need to come closer to Jesus. Have we acknowledged our sinfulness in the Sacrament of Penance and have we been faithful to offer our sacrifice to the poor through the parish we belong? We are all called to share the love and compassion of God with others. Our journey of faith must culminate in Heaven through our charity we show and remind the marginalised that God still cares and loves. Let us not be afraid of those who discourage us to be generous during the Lent through our sacrifices. May the Lord bless us to be holy, generous and charitable no matter who puts us off. May you have a good day.

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