Thursday, March 19, 2020

No to Idols Friday.

"Assyria will not save us, nor will we mount horses; we will never again say, ‘Our god, to the work of our hands; for in you the orphan finds compassion.” (Hosea 14: 4)

Friday 20th March 2020 of the 3rd week of Lent. You may call the message of this Friday "No to Idols." Why? Because the first Reading from Hosea, the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel from Mark all blast idols. Below are some of the Scriptures:

#1 "Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, for you are great and do marvellous deeds; you alone are God." (Psalm 85: 8, 10).

Only God is God. Not money, technology, good health, science, credit score, etc.

#2 "Assyria cannot save us,
we will not ride horses any more."

The banks, the credit agencies cannot save us. Investments in stocks and property cannot save us in the day of wrath.

#3  "We will never again say, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands; for in you the orphan finds compassion."

If you say the above and mean it, blessed are you.

#4 "What has Ephraim to do with idols any more when it is I who hear his prayer and care for him?"

God promises to prosper us when we reject idols completely.

#5 "Let there be no foreign god among you, no worship of an alien god. I am the Lord your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt." (Psalm 81: 14).

This is Lent. Hear the word of God. Reject the idols that make a fool of us and come back to  God with all our heart.

#6 "Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12: 29).

The seed is the word of God, Christ the sower; whoever finds this seed will remain for ever.

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