HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B
HOMILY THEME: WHEN A SUCCESSFUL MAN DIES
BY: Rev. Fr Livinus Igbodekwe
(1 KINGS 2:1-4,10-12)
All deaths are not the same. Some die accomplished while some die with regrets. Those who die accomplished leave their success behind for their successors to carry on while those that die with regrets leave a bleak future for their successors to grapple with. The charge and instructions which David, when he was dying, gave to Solomon, his son and declared successor was a legacy worthy of emulation.
Being a man full of interesting stories found no one among his many sons worthy to be heir except the son of Bathsheba, who was rendered an untimely widow by David. We can see how history repeats itself. David Was the one relegated but eventually became the king among his smart brothers. Solomon is about to become king in stead of the smart Absalom and the incestuous Amnon.
He charges him, in general, to keep God’s commandments and to make conscience of his duty, 1 Kings 2:2-4. David have learnt by his walk with God that the only way to success is the way of the Lord’s commandments. If he wants to keep a good conscience and rule wisely he must be ruled by God’s commandments. The books of Chronicles contain the history of kings that ruled Israel. Some failed and some succeeded on account of keeping and not keeping the commandments. The written word is our rule.
Solomon must himself do as was written in the law of Moses. A good spirit to act with: Being strong and showing himself a man, though in years but a child. Those that would keep the charge of the Lord their God must put on a resolution. It is the way to prosper in all one does, and to succeed with honour and satisfaction in every of ones undertaking.
Though the promise of the Messiah was absolute yet but the promise that there should not fail him a man on the throne of Israel was conditional. Dear friend to be a success is not found in how rich we become or how influential we are but how well we have obeyed God’s commandments. You may be regarded a failure by people but before God you are a success if you obey His word.
I wish you a blessed Thursday!