Meditation for Monday of 12th Week in Ordinary Time, Year B
(Gen 12:1-9; Mt 7:1-5)

We begin reading from the Book of Genesis with the call of Abraham. The beautiful story of Abraham’s vocation, with its quick and immediate response, marks a great step in the history of salvation after the disobedience of Adam and Eve. The depth of the call and the immediate and total response of Abraham had no precedence; it was totally unique and new, and looked forward into the future of human salvation. I think it is the next greatest call of man after creation.

The journey was for him to move from his homeland to the new land, which he only knew through the promise of God. The promise of the land came with the promise of overflowing blessings. Abraham moved with his family and possessions. It was a difficult journey but he obeyed. Did Abraham obey because of the things God promised him? He had practically every reason to turn down the offer and remained at home to enjoy the wealth he had already acquired, and to continue to operate within his familiar environment. But his faith in God moved him on, and in obedience he accepted the vulnerability of faith, which rewards with strength and overflowing divine providence. “And I will bless you, and make your name great so that you will be a blessing.”

May the Lord open our ears to hear and our eyes to see where His grace is leading us to, and the vocation has called us to. That is why we should not be distracted by the judgment of others, just as Jesus warned in the Gospel of today. “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your eye…You hypocrite, first take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Like Abraham, God calls us to move forward into the new life of salvation. We may have reasons to remain in familiar ways of life or spirituality. But we need to remove the logs that block our vision of God so that we can see the direction He is leading us to, and respond promptly and totally. Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord; who made heaven and earth! Amen.

Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Monday, June 21th, 2021.

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