Homily for Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent Year A
Theme: You shall have no other gods before me
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Wednesday April 1 2020
(Dn. 3:14-95) Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
In today’s First Reading we have the story of faith of the three brothers Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Babylonian) or more popularly called Hannah, Azariah, and Mishael (in Hebrew). They happen to live during the time of a vicious king named King Nebuchadnezzar. He was known to have blinded the famous King Hezekiah. King Nebuchadnezzar killed Hezekiah’s son just before he was blinded so that the last scene he would see will be the cruel death of his son. King Nebuchadnezzar build a big statue and commanded everyone to worship it every time a particular tune was played. The three bothers refused. He threatened them by putting them in a superheated furnace if they continue to do so. They elected to die for the faith than worship the king’s idol. The three were saved by the angel which led King Nebuchadnezzar to be converted and commanded everyone to worship the three brother’s God instead. It was a great story of faithfulness rewarded by God.
This coming Holy Week we will witness another faithfulness which will be rewarded. Jesus, in obedience to His Father, will be put to death by crucifixion. Many will try to stop Him in His mission through betrayal, torture, rejection, taunting, cursing, deserting, and death. But Jesus will not be relent. We know the story. Jesus, after descending from the dead, resurrected in joy and victory. His faithfulness bore fruit, the greatest fruit.
Note that the three brothers did not care whether they will be spared of the intense heat of the furnace and death. They just were faithful. They had complete trust in God that even death will not change their faith. They know God is in control and would want nothing for them but their goodness.
Faithfulness has always been an issue in all of us. How far do we go with God? There is that certain point of decision. Do we fully entrust our life or do we hold back and wait for another more certain time? When we hold back, we get nothing. It is tantamount to have not been faithful at all. During the passion, let us look at Jesus closely. Let us feel what He felt, see what He saw, and decide what He decided. Like Him, our faithfulness will also reap freedom.