16 March, Thursday — Listening to the GPS

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Jer 7:23-28
Lk 11:14-23

“Follow right to the end the way that I mark out for you, and you will prosper.”

My friend went out of town in the last two weeks and loaned me his car for the duration. It has been some time since I drove and I realised that I became dependent on the GPS for routes that I was unfamiliar with. There were times where I was unable to hear the GPS and ended up taking the wrong exit. This resulted in me having to take a very big detour as a result.

The readings of today remind us of the same situation which I faced during driving. The voice of God is always present; sometimes a bit soft, but all the time present. When I chose to ignore it, it often led me to go down routes which were far away and required a great deal of effort to U-turn and undo. Yet, I would always reach the destination I desired. The readings of today remind us of the importance of staying close to Jesus. He who loves us and who will send many prophets in our lives as the First Reading reminds us. The issue is whether we recognise these people as prophets. Often, I ignore the person’s views and persist in the error of my ways.

There are many paths which I could take and whilst each one of them will eventually lead me to the end goal, it is the one which God has marked out for us which is the path that leads us to prosperity. During the season of Lent, we can work towards the goal of receiving our eternal salvation by discerning the word of God in our lives. Let us take time to be nourished by Sacred Scripture and the Sacraments to enable us to obey the Word of God in our lives, and to stay on the path which God has made for us. In doing so, may we reach the path that will bring us and our friends closer to Jesus.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Jesus Lord, I surrender to you my weaknesses. Help my unfaithfulness.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who point us towards Jesus.


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