Tuesday 29 December 2015

Monday of the 6th Week of Easter

Some of us may have heard of the country ballad by Carrie Underwood titled "I Told You So," and some of the words are: "I told you so, oh I told you so, I told you some day you come crawling back and asking me to take you in..." In this song, the lyrics seem to show one person gloating over, or speaking in a condescending manner towards another person, for not listening to, or refusing to accept, or rejecting, advice or suggestions. When a person uses such word like "I Told You So," it is possible that the person may "brag" over it, or the person may feel proud and "wise" for having said something towards another person, and the other person had not listened and ended up with issues or problems. But as Christians, is this the sort of attitude or behaviour we encourage?

In today's Gospel, we see an example where Jesus said "I have told you all this" and even said it three times. Jesus said "I have told you all this" not to prove what He said was true, but so that when the time for those events have to come to pass, His disciples may remember that Jesus had told them. Jesus is helping His disciples, and us too, to remember that we must always be prepared and ready for anything, and remain in God's love and care.

As Christians, we are called to be prophets. What does that mean? It basically means that we are to speak the truth and tell it as it is, no matter how hard or difficult the message may be to accept, for the good of those who are supposed to receive the message. But the prophet is saying such truth or message not to show how clever or wise the prophet is, but to do the will of God and deliver God's message and warning to those who need to know. The prophet is not interested in bragging, or gloating, or saying "I told you so," to appease one's personal ego or gratification, since the prophet is merely doing one's duty. Are we also doing our duty faithfully?

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