It is 29th February 2016. The readings are from 2 Kings 5:1-15; and the Gospel from Luke 4:24-30. The first readings teaches us the powerful lesson to allow God’s mercy to permeate in our lives. It is a humble acceptance of God’s intervention through small ways. Naaman expected a heroic cure for his leprosy while God offered a simple cure of faith. Just like the little girl, we must share God’s love to someone even though the recipient would not listen. Our reactions must not hinder the means of healing. God has a purpose for each one of us. We need to become the channels of mercy and love of God so as to share what God can do in their lives. There are many people around us who need to hear about what God could do in their lives. God requires our faith in Jesus to heal us. God’s mercy and healing is for all no matter whether we are the chosen people or not. The responsorial Psalm expresses its longing to meet God: “My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life; when can I enter and see the face of God.” (Ps.41:3). Gospel points out that God’s mercy and salvation is not limited to a particular group of people. God’s mercy is for both men and women; believer and nonbeliever. Jesus is being rejected by his home town and they wanted to kill Him for revealing the inclusive mercy of God for all. God’s grace is unconditional. We too have the tendency to reject Jesus due to our own spiritual blindness and refusal to repent. Lent is the time to experience the mercy of God in our lives and to welcome the sinners into our holy grounds where they too can benefit what we already enjoy. When was the last time in our lives we made someone to feel God cares for them? May God bless you. Have a good day.

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