HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE TWENTY-NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
HOMILY THEME: THE SOCIAL CHARACTER OF SIN.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
“Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned…” Romans 5:12
There is a social character to every sin and every wrong deed we carry out, like oil which spreads to other fingers when one finger touches it, sin not only affects us, it affects others as well.
When faced with temptation I must remember that a single act of righteousness on my part can change the course of my entire generation, a single decision to do what is right can change the history of this nation.
“For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19
So be good. Be good oh, be good. Be good at all times. Never try to select when to be good and when not to be good because you never can tell the hour that an account of your goodness would be demanded for.
This is what Jesus tell us in the Gospel passage today: “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes” Luke 12:35-37
Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning! In other words, practice self- discipline, live a morally upright life. And let your lamps keep burning.
You are the light of the earth. A lamp is not kept under the table or hidden, you are meant to be on top, you are not meant to pattern your life according to the standard of world, you are meant to have higher standards. Aspire for heights in spirituality and holiness far higher than what obtains under the table where cockroaches and small insects love to hide.
Your decision to let your light shine today and drop sin behind can change the world for good. Think not about yourself alone but about the far reaching consequences on others. Always ask this question when about to take any decision: “How will this action of mine benefit others and even the millions yet unborn?”
Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you gave your life for me, teach me to live not only for myself but for others. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Romans 5:12-21 and Luke 12:35-38).