Fr. Ben’s homily for Tuesday of the 30th week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: REDEMPTION FROM ADAM…
By: Ben Agbo (Rev Fr)
Homily for Tuesday October 26 2021
*Rom 8 : 18 – 25, Lk 13 : 18 – 21.
All of creation, in some way, shared in the fall of our first parents and are in need of redemption. Today’s 1st reading speaks of the vision of the glorious liberation of the children of God from Adam to the present age. You see, what Adam and Eve did was some sort of primitive idolatry /rebellion against God’s dominion in their lives. They were deceived by Satan to want to be like God and to ipso facto, disobey God’s commandments. We all share in this hereditary trait of disobedience. Redemption, therefore, requires a comprehensive ‘u turn’ from what our ancestors have done starting from Adam. That is what I call ‘retroactive repentance’. We must never underestimate the effects of the hereditary law of imitation on human beings. That is why St Paul says in today’s 1st reading that all creation since Adam has been longing for redemption in Christ Jesus.
The message of the kingdom – the message of salvation is gradual and comprehensive. The kingdom of God and its message of love and peace grows and spreads gradually like a mustard seed or yeast (leaven). It is spreading not only through the Christian religion but through other religions that teach the same love that Christ teaches, 1Jn 4 : 7 – 12. This message of the kingdom continues to spread gradually until we reach heaven. We need to accept it and make it grow in our hearts like the mustard seed and influence our society. May God bless you today!