The first reading talks about two judges whose “suppressed their consciences” and look at the damage they have done to the life of Susana.
How many of us have been victims of other people’s sin and because of this, suddenly our lives are plunged into darkness.
Yet, Susana did something that we can all learn from. She did not compromise her morals and values and she held on to God. Eventually, we see how the Lord worked mysteriously – the truth came out.
Hence, my dear friends, should we be a victim of other people’s “suppressed conscience” three things we remember.
- Hold on to God Through Prayer. When we go through trials in life especially the ones that we feel that are so unfair, we also get to ask God, “Why?” We can even get mad at the Lord. But if we are faithful to God, holding on to Him in prayer, we will get to see his Faithfulness.
- Hold on to God and Do What is Right. Susana had the option of compromising her morals and just give the judges what they wanted. But she knows that one sin cannot be solved by another sin. She trusted the Lord and did what was right.
- Hold on to God and Wait in Hope. Susana was on the point of death. “Where is the Lord?” “Will He let me die?” “Did evil really prosper?” Look at how the Lord worked through Daniel.
In this Mass, we remember the words of Jesus in the Gospel that “He is the Light of the World.” If you think of the many, many problems in the world, it is that we have taken out God in our lives. We consist of Flesh and Spirit, and we have taken out the Spiritual Component in our lives and in our society. If there is so much darkness it is only because we have taken out the “Light of the World.” The experience Susana testifies to this.