HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II (2)







HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II

THEME: The Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you.

BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

HOMILY FOR FRIDAY JULY 8 2022

 

*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Hosea 14:2-10
Psalm 50:3-4,8-9,12-14,17
Matthew 10:16-23

*LITURGICAL COLOUR*
Green

*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard from the Book of the prophet Hosea the words of the Lord calling on all the Israelites to return to Him, calling on them to embrace once again His love and receive from Him the assurance of blessings and graces that had been lost by their disobedience and sins. Back then, the prophet Hosea was ministering to a people and a kingdom rampant with many sinful actions, disobedient and wicked attitudes in the people’s way of life, in disregarding the Law and the commandments, in their persecution of the prophets and the messengers sent to remind them of their errors and mistakes.

*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
The gospel reading this morning is very realistic about the kind of reception that the disciples of Jesus are likely to get from the world in which they are called to bear witness. The reception will be predominantly hostile, and some of that hostility will even come from within their own families. Yet, Jesus reassures them that they will not have to face into this hostile world on their own. The Holy Spirit will be given to them as a resource and will inspire their witness.

*CONCLUSION*
It could be argued that the society in which we are living is not as hostile to the faith as the society into which Jesus sent the first disciples. Yet, we know that the values of the gospel are not always well regarded by the culture in which we live; many see those gospel values as a threat, especially a threat to a certain understanding of human freedom. We are just as much in need of the Holy Spirit today, as the first disciples were, if we are to bear witness to the Lord and all he stands for. We still need the Holy Spirit to inspire our witness to the Lord. The church is as dependant on the Holy Spirit today as it ever was. The good news is that the Holy Spirit is just as available to us today as he was in the earliest days of the church, because the Lord needs our witness today as much as he did then.

*PRAYER REQUESTING*
Today we pray for all those travelling to different destinations, May God grant you the safest journey.

Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

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