HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
THEME: THE LIGHT SHINES FORTH FROM GALILEE
BY: Rev. Fr. Justin Chima Obijuru
R.1: Isaiah 9:1-4
R.2: 1 Cor 1: 10-13.17
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
Today is the third Sunday in ordinary time of the Liturgical year. The theme of today’s readings still focuses on the Light. However, the Light today is the one that shines forth from Galilee. The previous weeks spoke to us about The Light of Epiphany and then the Lumen Gentium (the Light of the World). Today, as soon as Jesus heard of the arrest of John the Baptist, He withdrew into Galilee. Galilee was considered a land of pagans, a people held in contempt by other Jews. From this land, Jesus began to preach the message of repentance. From this message, the people began to see the Light of Christ. The Gospel says: “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light” (Mat. 4: 16). From Galilee today, this Light shines forth to the whole world.
In the First reading, Isaiah reports that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Imagine the ripples of such great Light in the midst of enormous cloud of darkness enveloping this world. It might have been an enigma of a terrible culture. A culture of death, negligence, contempt, vices and injustice might have reigned supreme. Now, the message of hope, joy and freedom has dawned and not only shone forth.
In the Second Reading (1 Cor 1:10-13.17), St. Paul sheds more light to the Significance of the Light. He confronts immature believers whose allegiance to various missionaries was dividing the local Church. Paul noted how factions had already formed around missionary mentors (1 Cor 1: 12). These mentors were Paul, Apollos, Cephas. He named himself inclusively and vehemently rebuked such mentality in adherents. St. Paul seeks to direct us to the true Light. May we, like St. Paul continue to direct our congregation to the True Light, Jesus Christ! May we not detract our parishioners or listeners from the True Light because of our imbroglios!
Brethren, in this new week, God will speak for you. Heaven will open for your sake and every blessing from above will locate you. Every power set to crumble your way and your household shall be shattered, in Jesus Name. Amen
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