DAILY HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II.
THEME: SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE.
BY: FR GERALD M. MUSA.
A furious mother asked her son, “young man where did you learn to talk that way?” The boy was silent and then turned to his father and asked: ‘Daddy, should I tell her?” Obviously, he had learned some bad habits from his father. Jesus strictly warns his disciples not to be sources of scandal and mislead those entrusted to them. An African saying: Scandal is not like bread; there is never any shortage. It is hard to avoid scandals, but possible to minimize them to the barest minimum. We should strive to inspire others positively with words and lifestyle. If we have been inspired by those we look up to, should those who look up to us not find inspiration from us? Jesus enjoins us to inspire and uplift others through our words and action and not to be the cause of people’s spiritual downfall through false information, doctrines, philosophies, heresies, ideologies, visions, prophecies, and negative behaviours. Among the Seven Spiritual works of mercy which we can undertake to uplift others are: to bring back wrongdoers to the right path and to instruct the ignorant. According to St. Paul, anyone who wishes to set a good example, must not be charged with insubordination or debauchery and must not be arrogant, quick-tempered, drunkard, violent, or greedy for gain.
A person who inspires others is hospitable, a lover of goodness, a master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled (Titus 1:7-9). What efforts do we make in leading by example?