Lent 2020 – Day 15

Readings: Gen 37, 3-4, 12-13a. 17b-28; Ps 104, 16-21; Mt 21, 33-43, 45-46

Bitterness, envy, jealousy, anger and hatred are toxic: even more so when they envelop the family, where only charity should reign. Alas, the betrayal of Joseph by his siblings is rampant today, for petty honours or material gains.

Joseph prefigures Jesus, who was killed by the very people who He had come to save. Many were aware of His divinity, nonetheless conspired against Him; others stood by and watched, and a few piously shed tears. In the parable of the vineyard, Our Lord hints at the fate that awaits Him.

Today, there are coteries with no qualms about denying God and currying favour with the world. They share space with cliques that cause untold suffering to whoever observes the Lord’s commandments. When they make perverse suggestions or give immoral advice to the unsuspecting they are guilty of spiritual murder. All of which amounts to stabbing the Lord a thousand times every day.

Let’s get out of such circles and decidedly be with and for the Lord our God; it’s a choice we will never regret.