HOMILY FOR THE 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C (World Mission Sunday).
THEME: Witnessing with Humility.
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 23 2022
Sir. 35:12c-14.16-18b; Ps. 34:2-3. 17-18.19 and 23 (R. cf. 7a); 2 Tim. 4:6-8.16- 15; Luke 18:9- 14
Two Sundays ago, Jesus Christ praised the leper who returned to give THANKS after he was healed. Last Sunday, Jesus presented the persistent widow as an example of praying with CONSTANCY and CONSISTENCY. Today, in the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican, Jesus shows us that prayer must be from a HUMBLE disposition. A Christian is a WITNESS. This means actively proclaiming and professing Christ in humility. It means becoming Christ’s representatives on earth. If we’re unable to humble ourselves and treat everyone fairly, we cannot properly communicate the Gospel.
Friends, the readings of today emphasise this by highlighting the fact that God, being fair and just, does ‘not show partiality in the case of a poor man; and he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged.’ This is why God hears the prayer of the LOWLY one. And although two men came into the Church to pray in the Gospel, only the lowly publican went down to his house justified rather than the Pharisee,’ for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted. As we celebrate World Mission Sunday today, and reflect on the theme “You shall be my Witnesses”, we must like St Paul examine ourselves, and see if we have indeed fought the good fight. We must ask ourselves if we CARRY OUT, and LIVE the mission entrusted to us.
Let us Pray
Father in heaven, through the action of your Holy Spirit, make us humble in heart, that our message of Christ in and to the world may be fruitful by our willingness to serve You in our neighbour. Amen.
Good morning dear. Happy Mission Sunday.