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Peccatum victus

Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
Psalms 22:16-18

This is one of the many prophecies that found their fulfillment in the person of Jesus, the Messiah, he who had to come to restore all things. The people of Israel motivated by the hate and envy of their religious leaders towards the Rabbi who brought teaching with authority, not knowing what they were doing, demanded that the teacher be crucified as a vile murderer or thief. He who came to give life was led to death. He who came to give us dignity received scorn and derision from his own people. He who came to show compassion for lost souls, in exchange, received injuries and violence. He who came to show us the way of love was hated to the point of wishing his death as the most despicable of criminals.

However, this was all part of the glorious master plan of God. In spite of all the painful and terrible suffering of our Lord on the cross of Calvary or Golgotha, it was necessary for us that he would take the place that in justice was for all of us despicable sinners without any possibility of redemption. It was you and me who had to be on that shameful cross and not the Creator of the universe. But it was necessary for him to occupy our place to achieve victory over sin and then also conquer death, which now has no power or authority over the lives of those who believe in him and who have accepted His sacrifice for all of us . On this Good Friday, let us pause to reflect on the work that Jesus Christ accomplished for the sake of all mankind. Upon reflection there cannot be but a spirit of gratitude and surrender at his feet. Thank him for everything he has done for you and correct your course to follow the path that he has set for all who are called children of God. For the wonderful work accomplished by our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, only to God be the glory!

Financial prudence

Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
Proverbs 27:13

In theory every child of God should be a financial expert. The Bible makes numerous references about money and how to manage it, so that everyone who heeds its advice should know thoroughly how to manage their finances. The word of God teaches us not only how to manage our money but also how to conduct business with third parties. Well, we know that in reality the money is not ours but that we are stewards and managers of the funds God has entrusted to us. In the particular case of today’s portion, the word of God warns us about people who act foolishly with their business and either through ignorance or immorality commit reckless actions with their money.

We must be careful when selecting with whom we associate or deal financially. If the person that proposes a deal is a person of questionable morality we must discard that deal and start looking for another business. If we ignore these warnings it is likely that we will end up losing our share of the investment. In order for us to be successful with personal finances they should be handled with prudence and wisdom. If we follow exactly the instructions of the word of God we will avoid getting into financial entanglements of any kind. To God alone be the glory!