Fr. Ben’s homily for Friday of the 1st Week of Advent
Theme: THE MEEK SHALL OBTAIN FRESH JOY IN THE LORD!
By: Ben Agbo (Rev Fr)
Homily for Friday December 3 2021
*Is 29 : 17 – 24, Matt 9 : 27 – 31.
The point of intersection between spiritual power and political power is the meeting point between power and popularity. And by extension, the point of conflict between Church and State since time immemorial, has always been the war between humility and pride; between spirituality and secularism. Just imagine the two blind men warned by Jesus in today’s gospel not to let anyone know that he is a healer, going about spreading his popularity in the whole countryside. But Jesus knew exactly what he was avoiding. And even with all his sagacity and caution, he lasted only 3 years in the healing ministry.
It is amazingly interesting that Jesus ‘needed’ one thing for this miracle to happen – and that was the faith of those blind men in him as a healer. This is an aspect of the healing ministry that we may never take for granted – that without faith in the healer, he/ she may not be able to do much for us and without humility the healer may never last long in the ministry. The fact remains that the gift of healing which Jesus had could not manifest in Nazareth as much as it did in other places like Capernaum just because his own people neglected him. It normally occurs by happenchance that many with spiritual gifts only get opportunities for their popularity to spread and the more this happens the more they do exploits in the name of God. But the more the ‘healer’ remains humble and wanting less publicity, the longer he/ she lasts in the ministry. When the healer’s popularity grows too high, he usually runs into conflict with the powers that be just as Jesus did. This is what many men of God still suffer today especially those who lack the requisite meekness and humility.
The human sociopolitical growth gradient is always undulating. The higher you grow, the more humble you need to be otherwise there must be some conflicts and we can never resolve it better than Jesus did with all our human foibles. May God help us to understand this and help all our ministers involved in different spiritual ministries to be humble. Jesus meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto yours.