Homily for Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent
Theme: PERSECUTION OF THE JUST
By: Fr Gerald M Musa
Homily for Wednesday March 16 2022
Jesus teaches us to see suffering and persecution as necessary requirements for greatness and glory. His life and teaching embolden good people and messengers of truth to remain steadfast in speaking the truth and doing what is right. Tertullian, one of the early fathers of the Church boldly said to persecutors of Christians: “Torture us, rack us, condemn us, crush us; your cruelty only proves our innocence. That is why God suffers us to suffer all this.” The prophet Jeremiah was persecuted by haters of truth who plotted against him and accused him falsely, but he trusted in God and completed his mission. Jesus spoke about his imminent suffering, crucifixion and death, but that did not stop him from speaking the truth and serving selflessly. He said, anyone who wishes to be great must be willing to serve selflessly and give his life as a ransom for many. “Nothing great was ever done without much enduring,” says St. Catherine of Siena. The crucifixion and death of Jesus teaches us that the cross comes before the crown of glory. According to the Psalmist, “Many are the afflictions of the, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (34:19). Sadly, many innocent people are persecuted for their faith and subjected to humiliation because of their belief, integrity and for speaking truth to those in power. Does persecution or the cross blind us from seeing the coming crown?
JEREMIAH 18:18-20; MATTHEW 20:17-28 Wednesday, Second Week Of Lent