Old Testament – From Genesis to the Prophet Jonah
Adam and Eve had two sons whom they called Cain and Abel. Cain, the eldest, tilled the land while Abel shepherded a flock.
When the time came for them to offer sacrifice to God, Cain selected some fruit while Abel offered the first-born of his flock. God was not pleased with Cain’s offering, in contrast to Abel, who had made a worthy and sincere sacrifice, coming from his heart.
Cains response to God’s disappointment was not to reflect on his own selfish actions and change his ways but instead, arrange Abel’s murder! He invited Abel to a quiet place in a field and killed him.
When God asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” Cain continued to show his disdain and anger saying, “I don’t know! Am I my brother’s guardian?” (Genesis 4:9)
God punished Cain saying, “When you try to cultivate the ground it will no longer yield its best for you. You will be a homeless wanderer on the earth”. (Genesis 4:12) (Genesis 4:1-16)
1. True faith means sincere and honest actions.
2. Don’t let anger dominate feelings! Remember, it’s just a short step from anger to revenge and murder!
Lord Jesus, remove from my thoughts all feelings of resentment and anger. Help me to see only your endless love for me and fill my heart with your peace. Amen.
Prayer: Be at Peace (St Francis de Sales)
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.