FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: Moments of Decision
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa
HOMILY FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 2022
Some moments and situations call for tough and resolute decisions. Jesus demonstrated a dogged determination in making a resolute decision to accept the road of the cross. “When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face” (Luke 9:51). Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem, a danger zone, where he would suffer grievously and die. Several obstacles were mounted to prevent Jesus from going to Jerusalem. These obstacles began even while he was an infant. First, there was an attempt to kill him by Herod soon after his birth (Matthew 2:13:16-18; Revelation 2:24). Second, Satan met him in the wilderness and attempted to make him a sensational Gospel preacher by performing some cheap miracles instead of proclaiming the Good News of salvation (Matthew 4:1-11); third, one of his disciples attempted to stop Jesus from going to Jerusalem by his disapproval of the cross (Mark 8:31-32); More still, during his prayer in the garden of Gethsemane as the hour of the cross was fast approaching, Jesus naturally felt the urge to reject the cross, but his spirit was resolute to take up the cross. He prayed: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Despite all odds and opposition, Jesus resolutely went to Jerusalem to take up the cross. How bold are we in making hard, uncomfortable, and tough decisions that will bring about positive results?
Luke 9:51-56; Tuesday, 26th Week
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