YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: WE ARE GOD’S HERITAGE
BY: Rev.Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: COLOSSIANS 1:1-8, PSALM 52, LUKE 4:38-44
Indeed so blessed are the people the Lord has chosen for his heritage (Ps.33:12). This is because their hope is laid up strongly in heaven (Col.1:5) and moreover, they are considered saints and faithful friends of Christ. How come God chooses frail humans for his heritage? It is surely because of their efforts: having faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and being in loving union with the saints of God who overcame the world yesterday and can intercede for us in heaven. Paul and Timothy were very proud of the Colossian Christian community because they lived lives worthy of their calling; had faith in Christ, believed the gospel preached to them and bore fruits among themselves.
That community did not have Paul and Timothy forever as we have the ministers of God with us always nowadays. Yet, when they heard the gospel of truth, they believed and embraced it wholeheartedly thereby cementing their places in eternity. About this, Paul and Timothy were very pleased. Friends in the Lord, how long shall we listen to God’s word before letting it affect us? When is our faith in Christ going to grow? For those who have the sparkle of faith in them, when will it be fanned into a raging flame? Can our community be assured of spots of rest in eternity as was the Colossian community? Do we love the saints and follow their way of life? Are we worthy to be chosen by God so we could be his heritage thereby become a blessed and favoured people?
Those who told Jesus that Simon’s mother in-law was ill trusted (consciously or unconsciously) that he had the power to save her. They had a sparkle of faith in them and they made bold to ask Jesus about her. Our task today as sons and daughters of God is to make our requests known to Christ only. Whether or not he’d answer is no problem of ours. It is high time we started approaching Christ as the Messiah that he truly is. It is high time our faith led us to with childlike trust, lay at Jesus’ feet, all our worries and pains and miseries, etc. It is indeed high time we saw him as the Son of God of whom Isaiah 53:4 says: “Surely he bore our diseases, and took our pains…he bore our sins in his body on the tree so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” (Cf also Mt. 8:17).
When we approach him as he should, then we’d be assured of his saving touch as he did to Peter’s mother in-law and the many other sick brought to him. May Christ lift us up from all our beds of pain. May he take unto himself our ailments, terminal and otherwise. May he bear our sins and ready us for eternity so that like the Colossian community, our hope will be laid up in heaven.
May God aid us as we FEED and EDUCATE the poor amongst us. And may the grace and peace of God our Father be with you all…