YEAR A: HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THE STRAYING SOUL IS ALSO GOD’S; HELP BRING HIM BACK
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: ROMANS 14:7-12, PSALM 27, LUKE 15:1-10
• Be like Christ, help find the drunk, drug addict, misfit and revive same
• Be like Christ, don’t condemn nor judge a straying brethren but lead such a one back to the right track.
• Be like Christ, let your life influence those around you positively
• Be like Christ, communicate the mercy of God, save a straying soul.
My dear friends in Christ, the love of Christ for each of us is amazing. This love is not bound by place, time, or number; it is limitless and meant for all, the saint as well as the sinner. Moved by this love, the same that propelled God the Father to send God the Son into the world in order to save those who believe in him (Jn. 3:16); Jesus desires that no one should be lost. We hear him say to the Pharisees in Luke 19:10, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save what had been lost”. He reaffirms this in Luke 5:32, “I have come not to call the just, but sinners to repentance”. His love for us is so much that he cannot afford loosing the littlest among us; that is why he can risk leaving the many righteous souls in the wilderness so as to search for the ‘one lost soul’.
Today too he goes out in search for his lost sheep leaving behind ninety nine, and when he finds it, he rejoices greatly (Luke 15:1-10).
Today affords us an opportunity to know more about our God, who he really is; one who rather than wait for us to crawl in pain on our kneels begging him for pardon and welcome into his presence, goes out searching for us in order to save us and bring us back to the fold. Beloved friends whenever we sway or derail from the way of the Lord, we leave him in pains, he remains restless until he finds us. Even when he is seated at home, his eyes are always on the road watching and waiting in hope that we return soonest. That is why at the slightest view of us, he runs out to meet us and not allowing us to tender our apologies he forgives us and readmits us as his children (cf the story of the Merciful Father or the Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32). Having this knowledge about God, we are challenged to approach him as a merciful Father and on our part struggle to overcome sin and enjoy perpetual union with him.
Brothers and sisters, Like Christ, we are challenged to do all we can to help souls that are straying because of sin and the entanglements of the world. We may seek them, find them and guide them through fraternal catechesis, brotherly correction and in loving charity lead them gently back to God. May God find us in our pitiful states of sin, shower us with his forgiving love and admit us again into the company of his chosen.
REMEMBER, THE STRAYING SOUL IS STILL GOD’S, NEVER WRITE HIM/HER OFF.
GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU FEED AND EDUCATE A FELLOW TODAY…