HOMILY FOR THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
HOMILY THEME: TAKE UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOW JESUS
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Thursday after Ash Wednesday. (Day 2 of Lent.)
In the day’s Gospel Jesus revealed what it takes to gain eternal life. Not even the whole world is enough to exchange it for. Following Jesus is not easy. It means carrying one’s cross daily. Jesus’ statement about saving one’s life is losing it and losing it is gaining it, makes one think about whether this faith is really of God or by one lunatic who happen to get away with a lot of miracles and great words but a fraud in reality. Today’s Gospel made a lot of Jesus’ hearers during His time regard Him as a fool. Others who initially joined Him had a “realization” and deserted Him later. Still others hoped that He was for real but later found Him unbelievable. But some remained for they do not have anyone to turn to. Even now, the same difficulties beset His followers.
So, where to? Will you also leave the Lord? Or do we respond like Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” Yes, eternal life is worth it. We have reasons to believe it is true. Life is too valuable to just die, become ash and becomes nothing or disappears. We have souls, to begin with. We have intellect and will. Certainly, the human person is the height of creation and was created in the image and likeness of God. God planned for us to join Him in His Kingdom. Let us join Him. No stone should be left unturned. No road untravelled. No sea not swam. No challenge not overcame. No sin unrepented and unforgiven. Nothing can separate us from God.
On this second day of Lent, we further commit ourselves to meet Jesus on Easter Day, converted and zealous to profess and defend our faith no matter what, no matter where, no matter when.