YEAR A: HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: ST MARTIN OF TOURS REMINDS US OF THE EXAM QUESTIONS ONCE MORE, IN CASE WE HAVE FORGOTTEN
BY: Rev Fr Angelo Chidi Unegbu
HOMILY: In the 4th century, there once lived a young soldier born in Pannonia, in present day Hungary, called Martin. One day, as he was travelling in cold winter on his horse, he met a beggar on the street who was not wearing any cloth. He stopped. Removed his cloak (mantle), cut it in two with his sword and used the half to cover freezing beggar. He used the other half to cover himself.
In a vision that night, he saw Jesus thanking him for his benevolence towards him. He later left the army and became a priest, and later the bishop of Tours. He died on 8/11/397 at the age of 81 and was buried on 11/11/397. He became the first saint that was not a martyr.
NOW THE EXAM QUESTIONS ONCE MORE: IN CASE WE HAVE FORGOTTEN
1) Feed the hungry:
How many people have you helped put food on their table (without exploiting them or taking undue advantage of them)?
How many people have you directly or indirectly robbed of their daily bread?
2) Give water to the thirsty:
How do you help to make sure that people have access to portable water? Do you in anyway contribute in pollution of water or the environment?
3) Welcome the stranger:
How often do you care about those who you do not know?
4) Cloth the naked:
How many people have you helped directly or indirectly to live a decent life?
5) Visit the sick:
How much are you concerned about the sick around you? How many people have you directly or indirectly through words, actions or omissions made sick?
6) Visit the prisoners:
How do you care about those undergoing pain and torture whether they merited it or not? How many people are you holding down at the moment through your exercise of power or authority?
Where to find the questions:
The Gospel of Matthew 25: 31-46.
*We are required to read the questions and understand them first before we begin to answer.
*We are expected to leave our papers on our desks once we are through.
*Wishing all of us the best in our exams!
* Happy feast of St Martin