Theme: Lord, Even Dogs Eat Scraps That Fall From The Table of Their Masters.
By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
Homily for Thursday February 10 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 Kings 11:4-13
Memorial of Saint Scolastica, Virgin
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today is Thursday of the fifth Week in Ordinary Time of Year C, and today 10th February, is also a day we commemorate and celebrate the Memorial of St Scolastica.
The readings of todays liturgy warns us to be careful and not to easily allow sin to creep into our hearts and minds.
*ABOUT THE FIRST READING OF TODAY*
In our first reading of today, we heard the account of the unfortunate downfall of King Solomon of Israel who allowed his many wives to distract and mislead him into sinful ways, as they established pagan worship and placed idols in many parts of the kingdom, which led the people into the worship of those false idols and they ended up falling deeper and deeper into sin as their descendants later did.
*ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING*
In the day’s Gospel Jesus meets a Syrophoenician woman, whose daughter had an unclean spirit. Having heard about Jesus’ miracles, she dared to approach Him. Dared because she was not yet worthy. She begged Jesus to drive out the unclean spirit from her daughter: Jesus said, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs!”
She answered the Lord that, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.
And Jesus said to her, For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.
*WHAT IS IT, THAT THE READINGS OF TODAY IS REMINDING EACH ONE OF US?*
Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, through what we have heard in our readings today, we are all being reminded that we need to have that strong and genuine faith in God, and we have to resist the temptations of our personal desire and ambitions, the temptations of wealth and worldly pleasures that can easily mislead and misguide us in our journey of life. We have to heed the example of how King Solomon, the wise and great king of Israel had fallen into sin and disobedience against God because he failed to heed these, and resulted in great trouble and anguish for the people of God later on.
Today, we should look upon the good examples set by St. Scholastica. We pray that our lives and faith be like that of this great servant of God. Especially in distancing ourselves from sin and being vigilant against worldly temptations.
St Scolastica pray for Us and our Families!
*SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS*
1.PeterCanisius Michael David Kang Daily Homilies.
2. My Catholic Life.Com