HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I.
THEME: A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house.
BY: Fr. Deotatious Chikontwe SMA,
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
We are reminded in todays first reading to seek righteousness in God and to be good and virtuous in our lives for we have all been made the adopted children of the Lord by our sharing of this human nature with Christ, Who has borne our many sins and died for our sake on His Cross, so that we may be reconciled with God our most loving Father and Creator.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
The people of Nazareth in todays Gospel reading, were slow to recognize the implications of the great wisdom Jesus possessed and the power for good that was at work through him on behalf of the sick and suffering. They should have concluded from all of this that God must be working through this man in a special way. Instead, they would not accept him; in the words of Jesus, they despised him. He was too familiar to them; they knew his mother and his family. He was one of their own; he was too ordinary. He could not possibly be all that different to everyone else in Nazareth.
Dear friends, this Gospel reading suggests that we can sometimes be slow to recognize the presence of God in the ordinary and the familiar. We don’t have to go long distances, or encounter extraordinary phenomena, to make contact with the wisdom and the power of God. The Lord’s presence is all around us in the near and the familiar, in the humdrum and in the ordinary, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.
We are therefore invited, to see the familiar and the ordinary with new eyes, the eyes of faith. The failure of the people of Nazareth to see in this way inhibited what Jesus could do among them, ‘he could work no miracle there’. Our seeing with the eyes of faith gives the Lord space to work among us in new ways.
I wish Everyone a Blessed new Month of February.
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