YEAR A: HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: Sin is Knocking at Your Door, but You Must Master It.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
HOMILY: “So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied. (Genesis 4:5-7)
God himself spoke to Cain as he speaks to us today, “sin is crouching at your door… but you must master it.”
Why was Cain angry? He compared himself with Abel. Once you begin to compare and compete with others, you have said good-bye to your happiness.
Everyone has his or her own destiny. The fact that you failed in a venture where your neighbour succeeded, should not make you angry or jealous of your neighbour. Remember that no one has it all. Never wish to have anything that belongs to another because you do not know the troubles the person may be going through.
What are we to do when angry? First we must realize that we have power over anger. Just as God advised Cain, we have all it takes to control and master our anger.
Cain did not take God’s advice, he lured Abel into the field and killed him. Anger makes us take very bad decisions which we always regret. It was when God called Cain that he realized what he had just done. His action brought a curse upon himself.
Jesus was angry many times, yet he never sinned. Even in today’s Gospel, he was not happy that the people demanded a sign in other to believe. Guess what Jesus did? Nothing! The Bible says “And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he departed to the other side.” Mark 8:13.
Let us imitate Jesus, when angry, please walk away! Never allow your anger drag you into sin.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, grant me wisdom in my moments of anger. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Sixth Monday in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Genesis 4:1-15.25, Psalm 50 and Mark 8:11-13).