DAILY HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: UNNECESSARY BATTLES
BY: Fr. Karabari Paul
HOMILY FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 2022
‘And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.’
In the Gospel of today (Luke 9:51-56), when the days drew near for Jesus to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.
We must learn to accept that everybody can’t accept us. It is not abnormal. We don’t have to get angry. We don’t have to live with regrets. And it shouldn’t turn us evil towards them. Oppositions are not necessarily enemies. They can bring out the best in us. They can make us create new opportunities and expose us to far greater things.
Sometimes we can get so focused on those against us, the things going on in our lives right now, and the things that we are going through, that we miss seeing the bigger picture. We get caught up in the details and the tough stuff, and we forget that this particular situation is just a part of our lives. It’s in those times that we need to step back and ask God to help us see the bigger picture. Paul wrote, ‘A great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries (1Cor. 16:9).’ We can be so much interested in what the enemies are doing, and fighting them that we forget the opportunities and new things God is creating for us. In that case, we lose out on our visions. Some battles are simply unnecessary.
Opportunity and obstacles go together. Paul didn’t deny the reality of the opposition he faced; he just chose to focus on the opportunity it presented. We need to ask ourselves what we’re focused on. Are we looking at the troubles and forgetting that there are opportunities alongside them? Are we so focused on what is happening that we forget that God will work it all together for good? In Romans 8:28 it says: ‘We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him.
It can be really challenging to remember the bigger picture when we can’t see it, or to accept that God will bring good out of the situation when we are not sure how He can. That is where faith comes in. The Bible tells us to ‘live by faith, not by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7). And it says that God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours (take a look at Isaiah 55:8-9). We are not going to understand everything, but we have to trust that God knows what He is doing, and that He will do what He has promised. We have to believe that all the things in our lives, even the dark times, play a part in His bigger picture. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God have mercy on us, bless and protect us always through Christ Our Lord Amen. Good morning
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