YEAR A: HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF LENT
HOMILY THEME: Be Kind to Jesus; He is Everywhere You Go; He is in the Poor.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
HOMILY: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40.)
In the sixth Station of the Cross, Jesus speaks: “Can you be brave enough to wipe my bloody face?” “Where is your face?” you may ask, and I will answer “at home, at work, in the streets, in market corners, wherever suffering exists, my face is there and there I look for you to wipe away my blood and tears.”
Christ will welcome us into Paradise because we wiped away his tears and blood in the face of the naked, the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the imprisoned and the thirsty. When you see tears flowing from a person’s eyes, when you see a person lost, confused, worried and dejected, you see Jesus.
Treat people nicely, not because they deserve it but because you just want to be kind to the Jesus you see in them. If someone begs from you, take it as the voice of Jesus begging from you and treat that person just as you would love God to treat you when you beg from him in prayer.
Whatsoever you do to the least (the smallest, the unimportant, the poorest, the minority, the outcast), that you do unto me.
The book of Leviticus tells us: “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason with your neighbour, lest you bear sin because of him…but you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Leviticus 19:15-18.
Are you finding it difficult to overcome hatred in your heart for a brother or sister? The only way you can love your enemies as Jesus teaches us is by seeing the face of Jesus even in your enemies.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, open my eyes that I may see you in the face of the hungry, the sick, the naked, the downtrodden and abandoned. Amen.
*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Monday of the 1st Week of Lent. Bible Study: Leviticus 19:1-2,11-18, Psalm 19 and Matthew 25:31-46).