Thursday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time
September 28, 2017
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
This people says:
“The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”
(Then this word of the LORD came through Haggai, the prophet:)
Is it time for you to dwell in your own paneled houses,
while this house lies in ruins?
Now thus says the LORD of hosts:
Consider your ways!
You have sown much, but have brought in little;
you have eaten, but have not been satisfied;
You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated;
have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed;
And whoever earned wages
earned them for a bag with holes in it.
Today’s first reading is a call to every sleeping Christian of today to Wake up and rebuld the Church of God on this Earth. The Israelites were in Exile in Babylon under King Darius of Persia. God converts King Darius, and King Darius sends all Israelites who were in Captivity to build the Temple of God in Jerusalem. King Darius gave this decree in obedience to God who instructed him to build the Temple but Israelites after coming back from the Exile , started to build the temple in much Zeal but over the time due to challenges and Opposition gave up and started to build and settle themselves. At this time Prophet Haggai gives a Prophesy of the First reading. Please read the first reading with much attention.
God has chosen every individual of this earth for a special purpose and that purpose is to build the Community of love upon this Earth. God wants to dwell among his people in love , Justice and Peace. Christians are special people who have been given the Word of God and the Church to guide them in their lives. All Christians are called to build the Community in our own houses, Work place, Neighbourhood and Society and this is the first and very purpose of our life on this Earth. But if we focus on our own desires, lifestyles and priorities and forget the main purpose of building the Community of Love on this Earth, we betray God in our lives. God needs house to stay and he cannot live in our big Mansions and Bungalows or Expensive Cars or in luxury but he lives among People who love God and love each other in God’s Love. If we are not people of love and Worship, we put God out of our House and leave him homeless in a street in the form of a Beggar. Mother Theresa saw every Beggar or people rotten with Wounds in the form of Jesus and embraced them and took care of them with love and care.
All of us are once upon a time were called to build the house of God and many of us had lots of zeal to love and serve people, Volunteer, help in different institutions, do Charity so on but over the time we have forgotten the Vocation of love , after we started building and gathering business. At this time the Worldly gifts becomes void. God disciplines the individual reminding him to come in to his original purpose of his Vocation of love and Worship. God likes his people to come in one mind and soul and sing, dance and make merry glorifying him in festivals and Carnivals. The Lord takes delight in his people and showers his love the Holy Spirit in abundance. Where there is Holy Spirit, there peace, joy, happiness, love, prosperity , stability and protection but if we live for ourselves all these things cannot be attained or reached in life and the life becomes idol of power and money. Whenever Israelites lived a life without love of God , they lost the protection and taken as slaves by the Pagan Kings.
A Nation cannot be Prosperous without Love of God and Neighbour and if at all any nation tries to be prosperous by commercialisation, it is like filling the riches in a holed Bag. The money and all other Worldly things make sense when there is love around and used to build the Community of love. Today let take little time to examine our life. Have we stuck somewhere with no answer? Are we still seeking happiness and feeling empty? Are we puzzled and lost in the rat race of life? Are we floating as per the flow of life without any Control? Did we Commit God when we transformed or Baptised or Married or renewed that we will build a House of God and serve him in love and Worship? The list can go on , please add the list of your own Commitments and repent for breaking them and start rebuilding those unfulfilled Commitments which are waiting for you and me. God is waiting outside our Committed Shelter for years , knocking at our door . Let us open the door of love and welcome him and dine with him in this life and life to Come. Amen.