Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: You too are called to Proclaim the Kingdom of God, Are You Ready?
By: Fr Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
Homily for Sunday February 6 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Dear brethrens, Our God has His own way of calling people to be his disciples and ministers. Today we are presented with special calls and vocations, especially that of Isaiah, Paul and Peter. And as we celebrate the fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year C, our three readings of today challenges each one of us to examine our own personal callings and responses to discipleship. Let us therefore be attentive to Gods call and respond positively.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading of today, we heard the calling of the prophet Isaiah in a vision which he received, where he saw the Lord Himself seated on His Throne in Heaven, attended by the great Angels of God, the Seraphim who served the Lord at His presence. He saw all the great glory and majesty of God and was terrified at what he had seen. He was struck with great fear because not only that one ought not to look at the great glory of God, and as a sinner, Isaiah feared God’s wrath and retribution. He humbled himself and abased himself before the Lord.
*FROM OUR SECOND READING*
In our second reading St. Paul mentions to the faithful in Corinth how he himself had received the faith, as he received it through the Holy Spirit that he had been given, and through the hands of the Apostles, those same Apostles that God had called, and from them, St. Paul, who as Saul was once the greatest enemy of all Christians, gained great insight of the faith and of what he had been called to do, as fellow disciples of the Lord.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we hear a story of which the Lord Jesus came to the Lake of Galilee and encountered the fishermen there who were busy with their works and among them were the brothers Simon and Andrew, as well as the two sons of Zebedee, James and John. It was this moment, which is also mentioned in the other Gospels, that the Lord called His first disciples, and those four would become four of His closest confidants, the Twelve Apostles. At that time, they were just simple fishermen at the Lake of Galilee.
*WHAT WE DO WE LEARN ON THIS SUNDAY?*
Brothers and sisters in Christ, today we are all called to ponder carefully on our lives, and discern what we are going to do with our lives to come. God has called on us to follow Him and to do His will, to be part of the efforts and works of His Church in proclaiming His Good News and salvation, His truth and love to more and more people all around the world. This is what we have been called to do, and we really should ask ourselves if we are willing and able to do what we can to serve the Lord to the best of our abilities.
May the Lord be with us all, and may all of us walk in His path with ever greater zeal and commitment. And May the blessings of God be upon you, In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.