THE TRANSFER INTO THE RICHES OF HEAVEN
Meditation for Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
(Col 1:9-14; Lk 5:1-11)
As part of his opening pleasantries, St Paul prays for the Colossians that they may be filled with spiritual wisdom and understanding, to be fully pleasing to God and fruitful in every good work… Since he will be talking about the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ in our lives, St Paul began by mentioning how the Father positioned us in Christ. God the Father has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
This great transfer to the riches of His glory in Jesus Christ shines out in Peter’s great catch of fish in today’s gospel passage. At the authority and command of Jesus, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”, Peter’s labors were transferred to abundant harvest; his disappointment turned to fulfillment. The riches of God in glory awaits us and is available in Jesus. However, like Peter who gave Jesus his boat, we step forward to be transferred to the riches of His Kingdom through our CHARITY and by obeying His commands. And He continues to draw us deeper into the riches of Kingdom in glory until, like Peter and his companions, “They left everything and followed Him.”
When we perform acts of charity, we surrender our ‘boats’ to Jesus for the greater glory of His Kingdom. Then, we are ‘qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints’, which is the blessings of Heaven and eternal life at the end. Amen.
St William of Roskilde, pray for us! Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Thursday September 2nd, 2021.