HOMILY FOR SATURDAY 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A
By: Fr. Justin Nzekwe
HOMILY THEME: There is a season for everything.
There is a season for everything under the face of the earth. There is a season for rain, there is a season when the weather is cold and when the weather is hot. These are seasons in nature. Also is human life, there is a season to be happy and a season to be sad. We cannot always have the best seasons and we cannot always have the worst seasons. Everything in life passes away, including human problems. Therefore when life becomes difficult and make you to cry, be courageous and pray for it will not last forever. When you are rejoicing today, be careful not to abandon God and think you will always be fine. We are often afraid to embrace the reality of life. Jesus in today’s gospel reading came to realize that his disciples were marveling at all the miracles and good work he has done. He quickly reminded them of the reality of life, saying:”«Mettetevi bene in mente queste parole: il Figlio dell’uomo sta per essere consegnato nelle mani degli uomini».” The truth is that Jesus has a mission of suffering that awaits him which he cannot avoid if he should accomplished his mission on earth.
Hence, apostles Peter once rejected the fact that Jesus was to suffer. Peter wanted the disciples to continue enjoying the glory that goes with following Jesus. But Jesus quickly rebuked him with strong words saying, “Get behind me Satan!” Sometimes, if we do not have problems, we may be tempted to forget God. Therefore, some of our sufferings were intentionally allowed by God in our lives in order to preserve our faith. God does not cause suffering, but he can permit it for some good reasons. Let us therefore embrace whatever season that comes to us at any particular time, whether suffering or joy. Let us learn to offer every situation in our lives to God and especially for the salvation of our soul. As we celebrate the memorial of Saint Jerome, we remember the special role he played in spreading the gospel by being the first to translate the bible into Latin. He was also famous for living a virtuous life. We pray in this holy mass that through his intercession we may learn to accept the will of God in our life, and therefore follow Jesus all the days of our lives.