It is 17th January 2018. We celebrate the memorial of St Antony, Abbot. The readings are from 1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; and the Gospel from Mark 3:1-6. When God is in our lives, there is no more fear of any amount of Goliath. God offers most of the times a very little resource that is more than enough to overcome the situation we are afraid of and however small and weak we might feel. Faith in God dispels the shadows of fear and leads us to dispel the clouds of darkness. Have we found the Goliath in our lives? In fact, God does not need so much of resources to eradicate the evil that threatens us. In the first reading, we reflect that God did not require an army to get rid of Goliath but a few pebbles in the hands of a person in whom God’s favour rested. As long as we do things for God and to glorify God without any selfish intentions, we are blessed with enormous power to deal and destroy the evil that threaten us. Our corporal works of mercy and charity are the pebbles in our hands to destroy the Goliath who threatens us. We just learn to trust God and leave the outcome in the hands of God. We will never be losers in any situation when we believe that we are the children of God and God cannot afford to withdraw His mercy and support from us. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Blessed be the Lord, my rock.” (Ps.143:1). The Gospel teaches us that Jesus would go out of His ways no matter what time and season it is out there. Even though the environment we live in be polluted and not conducive for doing good, Jesus does good for us and heals us. Even if the entire world condemns Jesus for doing good for us, Jesus ignores their condemnations and justifies doing good even on a day that is meant for worshiping God. Our faith in God must propel us to do good and to dispel all the shades and shapes of evil. Worship on Sunday without Service to the humanity does not please God. May our faith in God needs to go beyond the corridors of the churches we worship to the uneven grounds where the poor and the sick reside. May you have a good day.

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