HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
THEME: Blessed are you, humble of Heart
BY: Fr. Justus Oruma.
(a) who do we usually consider to be blessed and prosperous? – the rich, the mighty, the celebrities, but to the disappointment of the worldly minded, Jesus in his sermon on the mount proclaimed blessed; the poor, the hungry, the mourning and the persecuted.
(b) The rich, celebrities and the wise committed no crime by being so but the problem of most of such people is that they are usually proud and think that their success is majorly thanks to their efforts and thus begin to look down on others.
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(c) No body tolerates and manages the proud, not even God as clearly stated in the Prayer of Mary, in the Magnificant: “..he scatters the the proud hearted, and leads them empty away” empty away, that is without his blessings, but “blessed are the poor in spirit.” 1 Cor. 1, describes how God would not employ the proud despite all they have. God would rather use a poor and unwise and bring about good so as to bring the proud to shame and to nothing. It is foolish to be proud for all we have is given to us, and that is why if we must boast, we boast in him who is the source of all blessings. It is worst still to be poor and proud.
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