HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST. CHARLES BORROMEO, BISHOP.
THEME: Don’t exaggerate your importance!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
HOMILY FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4 2022.
Rom. 12:3-13; John 10:11-16
In the first reading, St Paul reminds us through his letter to the Romans, that we should never feel too important. We must each work with the different gifts God has given us, never assuming that we are all in all. One person cannot be administrator, teacher, Prophet, etc, at the same time. We must love without pretence and have profound respect for one another. Trials will come but we must not give up on prayer. We must learn to follow the voice of Jesus Christ, who alone is the good Shepherd.
St Charles Borromeo tried so much to use his gifts rightly. He brought reforms to a deeply secularised and corrupt Church. Have you heard of Sunday School? We owe the tradition to Borromeo, who set up a confraternity to teach Catechism to kids. Though of noble birth and rich ancestry, he spent his energies feeding the poor. Opposition to his reforms was so great that one rich and corrupt monk shot him disguised as a layman. Borromeo even had to deal with senior priests who were practising witchcraft and sorcery. He died at the age of 46.
How can we use our God given gifts as well?
Good morning dear. God bless your weekend ahead… St Charles Borromeo, pray for us!
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