Monday, February 13, 2017
(Genesis 4:1-15, 25; Mark 8:11-13)
In the present world, we see people killing others because of jealousy. We have witnessed brothers killing one another because of the inheritance. One get jealousy because the other has recieved a better share. We see women fighting over men or men fighting over women. We see best friend betraying one another using the secret information they gained through ill driven friendship. This is not only in our present world but can be traced back to the original sin.
When Adam and Eve could not swallow their pride and ask for forgiveness, they were thrown out of the Garden of Eden. The sin kept on following them and it does follow us too and that explains the importance of baptism as a remmission of original sin. This one sin gave birth to all other sins. Today we see jealousy of Cain towards his brother Abel. This jealousy has also given birth to murder and pride is perpetuated in form of arrogance.
In the first reading, Cain failed to see it although God had warned him that his jealousy was like a crouching beast hungering to devour him. He became joyously of his brother Abel and killed him. When asked by God, he responded with arrogance, a form of pride that could not allow him to ask for forgiveness.
Here we learn the importance of asking for forgiveness when we fall into sins because of our human weaknesses. If Cain asked for pardon, things would have been different. We can cite an example of a recap of this jealousy but ending with forgiveness in the story of sons fo Jacob selling their brother Joseph but they were forgiven later.
At time when we do not swallow our pride, we put God’s patience and mercy into test. Like the Pharisees are asking for a sign from Jesus because they couldn’t bear with somebody else becoming more popular then them. They failed to see their jealousy of Jesus. Their demand for signs was in itself a sign of their jealousy.
We are reminded to check our thoughts, our words and our actions, that they may be led by jealousy. There are many signs to us of what is happening in us. We need to heed these signs, reflect upon them in our prayer, and with God’s grace, we will master the devouring beast and the green-eyed monster of jealousy within us.
May there be born a ‘Seth’ in us to replace not only good ‘Abel’ but also thrown away ‘Cain’ in the name of jealousy.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us.