THEME OF THE HOMILY: The kingdom of God is among you.
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard of the revelation and the explanation of what Wisdom of God itself is all about, and how this same Wisdom has been imparted and given to us, permeating our whole existences and lives, truly permeating all of our whole actions and works, our deeds and everything in our every moment throughout life, for God’s Wisdom are truly everywhere and transcendent, through the Holy Spirit and the Life that He has blessed us with, and the Spirit of God has indeed been given to us. All of us therefore have received the Holy Spirit and the Wisdom of God, but whether we truly make good use of this gift of God and everything He has provided us with, is up to our freedom to choose.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
In our Gospel passage today, Jesus highlighted to the Pharisees who asked Him about the Kingdom of God. The Lord told them all that the Kingdom of God is not something that they can see from outside, or anything akin the kingdoms of this world. The Kingdom of God is truly all of us, living together as parts and members of the same Body of Christ, the Church, which the Lord Himself has established and affirmed in this world. Through the Holy Spirit and the Divine Wisdom that God has imparted His Church, to all of us, He has empowered all of us to live and exist together in harmony and love, living in the manner and the way that He himself has taught us, and which we should indeed be inspired and encouraged to follow and adhere to, at all times.
Dear brothers and sisters, In what sense is the kingdom of God already among us today? It is among us when the sick and vulnerable are cared for, when people experience God’s favour in and through our lives, when communities are formed that value and treasure every member. The first reading speaks of Wisdom as a reflection of God’s light and an image of God’s goodness. The kingdom of God is among us whenever anyone of us reflects to others something of the light of God’s love, whenever we show ourselves to be an image of God’s goodness. If the risen Lord stood among us today, he might say to us what was said to the Pharisees, ‘the kingdom of God is among you’. He would invite us to lift up our eyes and see the signs of the presence of God’s kingdom among us, here in our own parish, in our communities, in our own homes.
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