HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II (1)







HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II

THEME: GOD AND CHILDREN

BY: Fr. GERALD M. MUSA

HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY 13 2022

 

An African proverb says, “If you fill your head with pride, you will lack space for wisdom.” Jesus praises humble people who are childlike. He exclaimed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding (learned and clever) and revealed them to infants (mere children)” (Matthew 11:25). Ordinarily, one would think that by mentioning the learned and clever Jesus referring to all intellectuals and scholars. Broadly speaking, the learned and clever people he is referring to are those who claim to know everything and who are no longer disposed to learn anything new; the learned and clever are also those who are spiritually arrogant and people who are not humble enough to accept the humble and deep message of the gospel. Pride is indeed a capital sin. St. Augustine says, “It was pride that changed angels into devils and it is humility that makes men as angels.” Mere children refer to humble people who are attracted to his Gospel. Noticeably, the people, who always come close to Jesus, are those who are disposed to learn and people who are willing to be dependent on the grace and spirit of God. The smartest, richest, very intelligent, religious, and civic leaders often think they are so self-sufficient and the gospel message makes little or no sense to them. “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

MATTHEW 11:25-27

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