THEME: mirror the goodness of God.
BY: Fr. Francis Onwunali.
HOMILY FOR MONDAY OCTOBER 24 2022.
On this first working day of the last week in October, the readings of our Liturgy invite us to the message calling on our actions to mirror the goodness of God thereby giving Him praise and glory.
In the gospel reading (Lk 13: 10-17), Jesus Christ criticizes the hypocrisy of the leaders of the Synagogue who question His action of healing a woman on the sabbath. He humbled them by reminding them that they lead their animals to the water on Sabbath that they might live, why shouldn’t He lead a daughter of Abraham to the source of eternal life on a Sabbath. It is the law of love and not the love of law. How compassionate are you towards the less privileged?
St. Paul in the first reading (Eph 4: 32- 5: 8) urges the Ephesians to be imitators of Christ by acts of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, thanksgiving and love. These actions are rooted in the goodness of God. Any form of selfishness by immoral acts, greed or the sort, should be avoided.
Dear friends, actions are so important in our lives. If we are truly in tune with, and rooted in the God who is good, then our actions should be manifestions of that relationship. The good of the other can only be sort on the basis of selflessness; avoid being obstacle to the progress or liberation of the other.
I pray that as we journey in life today, our actions will light up the lives of those who we encounter and give praise and glory to God. If we do, then be sure that our lives will be like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever we do, will surely prosper (Ps. 1: 3). May we be selfless in our dealings with one another. Have an honest-full day!
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