HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I.
THEME: Jesus chooses his twelve apostles.
BY: FR. DEOTATIOUS CHIKONTWE SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Tuesday of week 23 in Ordinary Time, Year A.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard St Paul’s reminders for all of us that ultimately, it was by the coming of the salvation of God through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Our Lord, that we have been saved and guaranteed the assurance of heavenly glory, if we continue to be faithful to Him, and if we kept on obeying His Law and commandments, and walk faithfully in His path, then we shall truly be blessed and empowered by Him, to be His disciples and to be the shining beacons and examples of His love and truth in this world.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
There are two locations in today’s gospel reading, a mountain and a level place. Jesus went up the mountain to pray. Indeed, Luke tells us that he spent the whole night in prayer to God. He had an important choice to make and he needed to be in prayerful communion with God to make a good choice. He had to choose twelve from among his disciples to be the nucleus of the new community he was forming. Just as the mountain was a place of prayer, the level ground was a place of ministry, both teaching and healing the sick and broken. The gospel reading tells us that people came from a very large area to listen to him and be cured of their diseases. The mountain and the level ground, prayer and ministry to others, formed the pattern of Jesus’ life.
Dear brothers and sisters, our own lives as followers of Jesus will have something of that same pattern. We spend time in prayer and we spend time in the service of others. We need to be in communion with God in prayer and in communion with others in loving service. This two-fold pattern is a feature of each day as well as of our lives as a whole. Each day we spend time in prayer, whether it is the prayer of the Eucharist or other public forms of prayer or more silent and personal prayer. Each day we come from our prayer to each other to bring something of the Lord’s love we have experienced in prayer to those we meet.
May God bless His Word in our Hearts.
*Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.*
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