Theme: Test of faith
By: Fr. Francis Onwunali
Homily for Saturday January 29 2022
Today’s message is reassuring as we come to the end of the last week of the first month of the year. The Lord, God of host will restore peace and order in our lives once we realize how much God cares for us and ask for God’s mercy.
The first reading (2 Sam. 12: 1-7, 10-17) is a continuation of the story of David, with the prophet Nathan telling a parable in order to confront David with his sin. Even though David repented and received forgiveness, he still realized there are consequences for his sinful acts. How ready am I to acknowledge my sins and ask for forgiveness.
In the gospel (Mark 4: 36-41), Jesus and His disciples travel on the sea of Galilee where they encounter stormy wind. Here, the faith of the disciples was tested.
Dear friends, how can we fight fear with faith? Jesus’ sleeping presence on the storm-tossed sea reveals the sleeping faith of his disciples. They feared for their lives even though their Lord and Master was with them in the boat. They were asleep to Christ while he was present to them in their hour of need. The Lord Jesus is ever present to us. And in our time of testing he asks the same question: Why are you afraid? Have you no faith? Do you recognize the Lord’s presence with you, especially when you meet the storms of adversity, sorrow, and temptation? Whenever we encounter trouble, the Lord is there with the same reassuring message: “It is I, do not be afraid.”
I pray as we journey in life today, we will trustfully look up to the Lord Jesus Who constantly reassures us of His presence in every circumstance of our life. May we eschew pride and like David, humble ourselves before the Lord, Who is slow to anger, abounding in mercy. Have a trust-full day!
Fr. Francis Onwunali