HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
HOMILY THEME: AT THE END, TRUTH ALONE PREVAILS.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Someone once said: “There are only two days the whole world would speak well of you, the day you were born and the day you will die. In between, you just have to manage!”
This saying is so true that it even applies to Jesus Christ himself. See how people mercilessly criticized him in today’s Gospel passage, accusing him of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub
It can be very painful and somewhat distressing when people carry false rumors about you and even interpret your good intention as an attempt to do harm. That Jesus who is God could be falsely accused, it means that none of us is free from such. Jesus himself would say:
“If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.” Matthew 10:25-26
Jesus’ response to this false accusation brings out a point – AT THE END, ONLY TRUTH REMAINS. Right now, things may seem covered up and rumors may fly around, but truth is very stubborn. One day, one day, they say, all the secrets will be exposed and those who once spoke ill of you will come begging.
However, beneath the false accusations are some very disturbing reality – We have a tendency to fear demons more than God. Jesus corrects this impression by saying: “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his plunder.” Luke 11:21-22. Yes, demons are strong but God is stronger!
Have I lost faith in God? Do I really believe that God is stronger than witches and wizards, demons and principalities? No wonder Joel in our first reading today tells us to return to God with sackcloth and lament.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, I repent of my unnecessary fears and falsehood. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Friday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Joel 1:13-15, 2:1-2 and Luke 11:15-26).