HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME: Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Wednesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we hear Saint Paul the apostle telling the faithful followers to be always filled with God’s love and compassion, to have no debt between them except that of the debt of love. This means that as God’s people, Christians should always be filled with God’s love in all things, and they all should be obedient to the Law of God, which in essence is showing all of the people of God how to love, loving both their Lord and God first and foremost, and then loving their fellow brothers and sisters in the same way, and just also as much as they love themselves. This is the most important benchmark and sign of what a Christian should be like, as without love, we cannot be true and genuine Christians.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
In our Gospel passage today, we hear about how Jesus Christ is teaching His disciples and followers about the matter of following Him and committing themselves to Him, and how following God may require one to make sacrifices, which in this case means that, there may be time when one may need to choose between loving God and loving their brethren, and just as the early history of the Church showed us, many of the saints and martyrs faced challenges from even among their own families and friends, and they had the challenge of remaining faithful to God while still at the same time, being charitable and caring, forgiving and loving towards those who have persecuted and hated them, or made their lives difficult and challenging.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, from todays readings we can see that, all of us must always strive to be loving in all things, in all of our words and actions. We should do our best to put the Lord our God at the forefront and at the centre focus of our whole lives. We should always do what we can in order to walk in the path that the Lord has shown us. This also entails us doing and showing that same love to our fellow brothers and sisters all around us, be it those whom we love and are precious to us, our family and friends, but also even to our acquaintances and strangers. And as mentioned earlier and which the Lord had also told His disciples to do, all of us should continue to show love, mercy and compassion even for those who have hated and persecuted us, just like how the Lord Himself had prayed and died for the sake of even those who persecuted Hin, and how many among the saints and martyrs had done the same as well.
In todays Eucharistic celebrations, I specifically pray for the following faithful departed brothers and sisters
7. Geoffrey bukama
8. Mbilima Shalo
9. Raphael Chibela
10. Chisenga Chibela
12. Musonda Junya
Grant to them a peaceful rest in Your Kingdom O Lord our God .
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