YEAR A: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: DO OUR LIVES AMAZE OTHERS (POSITIVELY)?
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: MEMORIAL OF ST GREGORY THE GREAT, PP, D
READINGS: 1THESSALONIANS 5:1-6.9-11, PSALM 27, LUKE 4:31-37
How possible is it that God makes man in his image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-7), blesses him and hands over the whole of creation to him only to have him destroyed later? How reasonable is it for God to love man limitlessly that even when man fell to sin he sent his only son to redeem him only so as to annihilate him? Is it even possible that God would allow his Spirit to come to man, sanctify and direct him so that He – God will condemn him tomorrow? IMPOSSIBLE! God cannot let any man with his image to vanquish unless he is unrepentant. This being the case he forewarns us in scripture that judgment day will come unannounced, hence we should be ready at all times. That day, beloved friends will come like a thief so says Paul today (1Thess. 5:2). Christ also wasn’t shy to say God’s kingdom will come in the most unexpected day and time (Lk. 12:35-40).
The truly Christian according to Paul should not be worried about the Lord’s coming for he/she is supposed to walk in righteousness and the light always. The Christian is always ready for death: he/she lives a holy and descent life, always walking in the light hoping and believing to see the Lord’s goodness in the Land of the living (Ps.27:13). He/she is patient, kind, compassionate, loving and peaceful in his dealings with one another. He loves God truly and love and cares for his fellow man. He/she is a praying Christian, dutiful and committed to matters of faith, and faithfully adheres to the commandments of God. To this kind of man or woman, the Lord’s coming will not be like that of brigands. How Christian are we?
Today also, we are invited to like Jesus, amaze people positively with our lifestyles. People should recognize us as children of God, holy, pious, good and zealous as regards our worship of God. Jesus today through his teaching and ministry strikes the people positively and they marvel at him. More so, on seeing him, even the possessed man calls him “the Holy one of God”. What names are we called; what names do our actions and lifestyles merit? Are we, supposed Christians known to be God-like, Christ-like or saints or at least, holy and good? The things we do and say, do they affect people positively or negatively? Do our parents, siblings, friends, colleagues and so on marvel at our wickedness, level of corruption, negative wisdom and evil intelligence or ‘crookery’; instead of our goodness?
As we journey towards eternity, may we lead lives worthy of our calling – Christians, thereby attract people to Christ and also attract Christ unto ourselves and may St Gregory, prince of the Church, defender of the faith and advocate of charity especially to the poor intercede for us now and always. Amen.
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