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MARKET PLACE
By Friar Jude-Mary Owoh, O.P.
 


‘What description can I find for this generation? It is like children shouting to each other as they sit in the market place.’ – Matthew 11:16

Those from the eastern part of Nigeria have a saying that loosely translates to, “This world is a market place. Once you are done selling, you leave.” The market is a place of meeting, of buying and selling, of noise and smell, of fine wares that catch the eyes and pick-pockets who create confusion. It is a place of gossip and idle chatter, of wandering eyes and daydreams, of brisk walking, loud music and careful crossing. In all, it is a chaos that you must make sense of, taking what is most important and discarding the rest. Jesus says that our generation seems lost in the melodrama of the market place. We are easily carried away by all the gossip and noise while we forget what we have come to buy and sell.

We are placed in the world to find joy doing things God’s way so as to merit a place with Him in heaven. Life is a process of learning to trust in God’s will for you. We are also learning how we ought to be instruments with which He brings joy to those we meet. The world will only be worth living in when we take responsibility for ourselves and for others. Jesus already summarises the purpose for our lives by becoming one like us and showing us compassion and selfless love to the point of death. This is so that we have an example of how to fulfil our human purpose. Are you willing to sift through the confusion of life and focus on loving God, your neighbour and being at peace with yourself?

Pray
Lord, teach me to trust and follow you today, to avoid the occasions of sin, serve You in others, make up for any wrongdoing and live for your glory.

Readings
Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 1:1-4,6; Matthew 11:16-19
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