FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II (1)







FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II.

THEME: OPPORTUNITY FOR REPENTANCE.

BY: Fr. GERALD M. MUSA

HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 2022.

 

Jesus teaches us never to judge people for their suffering and misfortune, but rather to see every sad event as an opportunity for repentance. Jesus challenged a belief that was prevalent among the Jews which says misfortune comes to people as a result of their past sins. This kind of belief is still common among many cultures in the world and widespread in Africa where any misfortune is attributed to a sin committed in the past by the afflicted person, the parents, or ancestors. Jesus gave an example with the Galileans whom Pilate killed at the temple, mingling their blood with the sacrifice, and the 18 people on whom the tower of Siloam fell and killed. Jesus asked if these misfortunes happened to them because they were worse sinners. He said, “Unless you repent, you will all perish as they did” (Luke 13:5). Therefore, it is wrong to interpret these events as divine punishment upon the people who died, but rather to understand the tragedies as a warning to those who are alive. When we link people’s misfortune to their sin – we may be taking the path of self-righteousness and putting up a ‘holier than thou attitude.’ Scripture says, “Let anyone who thinks that he stands to take heed lest he falls” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Can we always remember to go into sober reflection, soul searching, and repentance rather than judging people for their misfortune?

LUKE 13:1-9

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