YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 20TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: GOD IS ALWAYS OUT LOOKING FOR US
BY: Rev Fr Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: MEMORIAL OF POPE SAINT PIUS X
READINGS: JUDGES 9:6-15, PSALM 21, MATTHEW 20:1-16
Our God looks for his workers; he looks for those to be saved. He gladly welcomes the weak, the lazy, the strong and very active. The only requisite needful is the docility or willingness to heed the call on the part of those so called. Moreover, he admits into his kingdom those he deems fit regardless of the time they are converted. Furthermore, he rewards all candidates of heaven in same measure – places in eternity. He is generous, kind, compassionate and just in his dealings with his sons and daughters.
Today, my dearly beloved brethren is a reminder firstly to all men and women that God in his wisdom welcomes into his kingdom and grants his comforts to all. It is a reminder to those wallowing in sin that repentance and re-admittance into God’s kingdom is possible. It is a call never to condemn ourselves even when we are old in sin. Rather, it is a call to answer God’s call to repentance and obey it.
Today, my friends is also a warning to all Christians. We may be baptized as infants, admitted to communion at 11; confirmed at age 13, married or ordained at 25 and since then, we may have been ardent Church followers for over 40 or so years; yet lose out on the kingdom of God. The aged or sick who receive Christ in their later days in turn may gain special entrance into heaven. Indeed, the last would be first and first, last. We may take care to value the deposit of faith that God has given us. We may preserve and nourish it even as we pursue heaven.
Today too, my fellow Christians is a reminder of how infinitely compassionate and generous God is. He searches for us to employ us into his kingdom; he equally rewards our labour in manifold measures. He is gratuitous and deals graciously with us else we can’t earn his gifts (strictly speaking).
Today, we are taught also to leave the reward due for our service rendered in Christ’s name to God! The last labourers to be employed into the vineyard willingly left the reward to the master – an attitude all Christians should embrace. Christians work primarily for the joy of serving God and man; their first concern is service and not the pay. Unlike the Olive and fig trees and the vine (Jg. 9:6-15) who refused to rule over the people for their selfish reasons; Christians ought to accept offices and work for the good of the people. Also, unlike the bramble, Christians must consider their authority as service, hence never to be used for personal gains. That so, God will reward our services according to his riches in glory.
Pope Saint Pius X was an ardent follower of the humble way of Christ. He lived in great poverty even as a pope and reached out to many of his flock. He strove to restore all things to Christ, in order that Christ may be all in all. In our work places, families, business, sport centers and recreational zones; may we struggle consciously to please God by restoring sanctity, dignity, morality etc. so that Christ will be enthroned, God will be pleased and we shall in turn be saved.
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