HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B
THEME : The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
BY: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Good morning my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time of Year B.
ABOUT THE FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we have heard about the moment when God told Samuel to seek the one chosen by Him to replace Saul as the King and ruler over the people of Israel. At that time, God’s favour had left Saul because of his disobedience and refusal to obey God’s Law which led the people of God into the path of sin, and hence, God chose another person who would be more worthy in his heart and mind than Saul in carrying out His commandments and Law, and in doing His will, namely that of David, the youngest son of Jesse, of Bethlehem in Judah. David was chosen not because of his stature and might, his influence and power, or his intellect and greatness, or his family connections and lineage, but rather, because in him, God saw a true love and dedication which few others have.
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ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING
In this morning’s gospel reading, the Pharisees criticize Jesus’ disciples for picking ears of corn on the Sabbath and eating them. As far as they were concerned, this was a form of work, and, so, was forbidden on the Sabbath. They were convinced that they understood what God expected of people on the Sabbath. In fact, they did not understand God’s will for the Sabbath. They saw themselves as experts, but in reality they were only learners and they had much to learn from Jesus’ understanding of the Sabbath.
When it comes to the ways of God, the ways of the Lord, we are all only learners. The Lord always has much to teach us. The Lord continues to speak to us and to teach and enlighten us in and through his word. That is why we approach the Scriptures in a spirit of openness and humility. We come before the word not as experts but as learners, inviting the Lord to enlighten us and to lead us further on our voyage of discovery towards the compete truth.
Have a Blessed Tuesday everyone.
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