Homily for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: what really determines who we are is what comes from within us!
By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
Homily for Sunday February 27 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate the 8th Sunday in ordinary time of year C.The liturgical readings of today are reminding us how all of us have to be true to our faith in God, to be righteous and good in all things just as He has commanded and taught us to do in our lives.
*ABOUT THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard from the book of the prophet Sirach in which the Lord spoke to His people regarding how a person can be seen and witnessed from his or her actions and deeds, from their words and all their interactions, just as a tree’s qualities can be seen from its fruits among other examples. It was also mentioned how a potter usually tests his wares and products by testing them with fire, and all the hidden flaws will be revealed that way. Nothing can be hidden away and all can and may be revealed.
*ABOUT THE SECOND READING*
In our second reading of today, we heard St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians, speaking about the matter of sin and death. He spoke of how sin is the sting of death, for through sin brought about by their disobedience and by succumbing to their desires, man had brought upon themselves the suffering and punishment of death. Sin is the weeds that the devil has sowed in our hearts, as we heard in one of the parables of the Lord, when the enemy came to sow the seeds of weeds among the seeds of good wheat.
*ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING OF TODAY*
In our Gospel passage of today, we heard the Lord speaking to His disciples regarding the matter of how people should be truly faithful to God and be willing to reflect on their own attitudes first before they judge others or condemn others for being less faithful or worthy than they were, which was unfortunately a rather common situation among the people of Israel at the time, particularly among the members of the Pharisees and the elders and the chief priests.
*WHAT WE LEARN ON THIS SUNDAY*
As Christians we have to realise that we must always be vigilant against our ego and pride, our desires and all the temptations present all around us. We have to be humble and to rid of ourselves all the excesses of our pride and ego, which often were the sources of our downfall. If we allow those things to mislead us and distract us from the path of God, then very easily we will end up following the wrong path in life, and falling ever deeper into the traps of sin, and eventually to eternal death and suffering.
Finally, today we must ask ourselves: Does my words edify or make any positive difference on others? Does it build up, or destroy the community?
HAVE A BLESSED SUNDAY!
*SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS*
1.PeterCanisius Michael David Kang Daily Homilies.