Homily for Saturday of 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: Cast me not away O Lord!
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
Homily for Saturday January 28 2022
(St Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor).
2 Sam.12:1-7a, 10-17; Ps. 51:12-17; Mark 4:35-41
Sometimes it’s easier to take from the other person than to reduce our own reserves. Why do the rich strive to get richer, even at the expense of the poor? The man who has one house would rather have four. Human wants are insatiable. This means no matter how much we WANT, we really would never NEED all the things we want. Take David for instance. He took the one wife of Uriah, while he had his own wives. This greedy attitude can lead us to death; physically and spiritually. But David realised he was wrong. As soon as Nathan rebuked him, he was sincerely sorry. He began to fast and pray, and he pleaded for the life of his child.
Friends, just as David did not want to be an ‘outcast’ in God’s sight, so too we must like him, get down on our knees, go to confession and beg God for pardon for the many times we’ve taken that which is not ours because we’re more powerful or more privileged. From the writings of St Thomas Aquinas, who studied under St Albert the great, and helped clear the doubt that philosophy was contrary to Christianity, we realise that power and authority should lead us closer to God. Aquinas is said to have stopped writing after receiving a beatific vision of heaven. It was then he realised that in the end, even the greatest human arguments can’t do justice to the truth of God’s existence. As highly placed as Thomas was, he knew that only in God was truth to be found. Come back to God today!
Good morning dear. God bless your weekend. St Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!