40 Shades of Lent, Thursday, Week IV, 26 March 2020
Exodus 32:7-14 ><)))*> +++ <*(((>< John 5:31-47
Like you, O God in the first reading today, we are all angry. We are so mad with our so-called leaders and officials in government. We are angry at their arrogance and total disregard of others especially in this time of global crisis due to COVID-19.
Like you, O God, we also seeth with anger when you at Sinai saw how the Israelites created a golden calf to worship, after you have brought them out from Egypt. We admit our sinfulness and guilt before you in having our own we golden calves like power, money, and fame among many others.
But what we are so mad, O God, is how these leaders and officials in government – whether elected or appointed – have made themselves the golden calves to be served and worshipped by everyone.
They are the golden calves themselves who have brought shame and dishonor to our nation.
They do exactly what your Son and our Savior Jesus Christ had taught us that whoever wants to be great must be the least and servant of all.
But they are certainly not. They have shamelessly acted foolish and selfish since this pandemic started.
Forgive us, too, merciful Father, for our many sins, for being deluded by these many other golden calves in our midst, in the government.
The words of your Son Jesus Christ today are so true:
“I do not accept human praise; moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.”John 5:41-43
Like you, O God, we are angry at them, at how things are going on.
But like you, O God, let us relent in wishing ill for these misguided leaders whom your misguided people have put in power too.
Like you, O God, let us temper with mercy and charity our feelings and emotions against them.
Most of all, make us truly wiser in the next elections! Amen.