THEME: Happy in Jesus, or happy in the world?
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7 2022
1 Cor.7:25-31; Luke 6:20-26
Reading through Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, we immediately realise that Jesus takes what the world values and turns it upside down. The one who seeks comfort and riches will have them, but that’s all he/she will ever get. But the one who seeks righteousness and selflessness, will be happy now, and in the Kingdom of heaven. This is unusual. Those Jesus calls ‘happy’, are those the world usually considers sad. And those Jesus consigns to sadness are actually those we consider happy.
Friends, in today’s first reading, Paul speaks with urgency to the People of Corinth. He tells them it’s time to stop clinging to the world. If you’re married, treat your wife well and do not seek to be divorced. If you’re not married, do not seek it, for marriage, though not wrong, has its many worldly distractions. But ultimately, nothing is as important as the Kingdom of God, since the world as we know it, is passing away. Whatever we can do for God’s Kingdom therefore, we must do, either as celibates, or as married people. When people clap for us too much, it may well be that we have lost the way, and when they persecute us too much, it may well be that we are truly on the path to the Kingdom.
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead.
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