YEAR A: HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: GOD IS FAITHFUL
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Gen. 9:1-13) Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s First Reading from the Book of Genesis, this was after the great flood which killed a lot of people, God made a covenant with Noah and his children. God promised that there will be no more similar devastation. As a sign, God set His bow in the clouds. We believe that this bow is the colourful rainbow which usually appears after the rain.
We remember that the great flood happened because of the sinfulness of the people during the time of Noah. Violations of the commandments of God were being committed by a lot of people. In God’s anger, which may actually be a show of concern for His people, He decided to send the great flood and chose Noah’s family and a few pairs of creatures to survive so that they can again rebuild creation.
We still see the rainbow today. It means that God is still faithful to His promise. Indeed He is. In my view, the sinfulness of humanity today had surpassed that of Noah’s time. If God was not faithful to His promise, we would have humanity would have been devastated. However, environmentalists are saying that devastation would still happen but not anymore from God but from our own actions. We are destroying creation because of our disrespect for nature. But that is another story.
Again, in being faithful to His promise, God has shown a lot of patience for us. He has sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to communicate to us His message of mercy, compassion, and salvation. The burden is now in our hands. Do we test God’s patience? Do we force Him to do another “great flood”? Or do we change our ways? There is a saying that at the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold. For some, a pot of gold is not enough. Indeed, God promised more than a pot of gold. He promised salvation, His Kingdom. It should be enough reason for us to heed His call to change.