THEME: You will be able to tell them by their fruits.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 22 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
2 Kings 22:8-13,23:1-3
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, taken from the Second Book of Kings, we heard about the rediscovery of the Book of the Law of God during the reign of king Josiah of Judah, one of the last kings of the southern kingdom. In that occasion, the Torah and its accounts of the laws and commandments of God, which had likely by then been lost or hidden, not known by the people in the kingdom of Judah. When the king asked the contents of the Law to be read to him, what he heard shocked him very much, as we must understand that by then, the people and the kingdom had been diverging from the path as set by the Law for a long time.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
Today’s gospel reading is part of the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount. By ‘fruits’ Jesus means the fundamental attitudes and values, along with the actions or ‘good works’ that flow from them, which he has been portraying throughout the Sermon, beginning with the beatitudes.
The liturgical readings of today teaches us that, “Words are not enough to reveal the true state of the human heart; rather, faith expressed in deeds of charity reflect the inner good of the person.
We need to prepare ourselves to authentically proclaim the Gospel in a way that meets the needs of our times, impacting the society in which we live. This means sharing the truths of the faith and our love for Christ with our children and godchildren, and with our grandchildren. We need to live lives that give visible testimony to our faith.
*LET US PRAY*
Jesus, I am filled with gratitude that I have this time with you. At times I struggle to settle myself before you, but here I am, and I know you are here as well. You choose to be here for me. You want to know my thoughts and feelings, my struggles and successes. I believe that you hear and answer me. I trust in your goodness and kindness; my life is in your hands. Thank you Jesus.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA