YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: WE SHOULD BE SHAMED BECAUSE OF OUR SINS HENCE REPENT IMMEDIATELY
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: EZRA 9:5-9, PSALM; TOBIT 13, LUKE 9:1-6
Given the evil prevalent in our society today, the godlessness, the irreligion, the chaos, injustices that are ever accelerating and the celebrated crime; won’t we be right to say with Ezra that “God has by his favour has granted us refuge, cheered us and given us a little respite from slavery?” (Ezra 9:8). Is our history very different from that of the Israelites of old? Didn’t our ancestors fail God who was and still is ever faithful? Haven’t we sinned greatly? The manslaughter, ethnic cleansing, pogrom and mayhem unleashed by some advocates of satan on man? The satanic activities, the raging idolatry, the wrong use of religion to accomplish devious and selfish interests? The calculated economic recession to enslave the less privileged and enrich the powerful? The false inflation and devious economic policies cooked by a privileged few to the detriment of the suffering many? Indeed “our sins pile up higher than our heads, they reach as high as the heavens” (Ezra 9:6)
We like Ezra should be ashamed of raising our heads to God. We should detest all the deplorable acts, choices, misdoings and atrocities we as individuals, nations or the world at large have committed hence cry to God for pardon and help. We may remember profoundly the words of Daniel when he prayed for the forgiveness of his people who rebelled against God: “You are merciful and forgiving, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE REBELLED AGAINST YOU” (Dan. 9:9). We may do well therefore to return to him in true contrition and humble conversion for he never rejects a humble and repentant heart (Ps. 51:17). We may further pray to him using Daniel 9:4:-19 and he will forgive and pardon all our iniquities for “his anger lasts only a moment, his favour for a lifetime” (Ps. 30:5).
Chosen and commissioned by God to guide, evangelize, catechize, instruct, heal etc. are the ministers of God’s word and sacrament who preach to us everyday – priests, deacons, pastors et al. These denounce themselves of pleasure, family life, wealth and set out to win souls for Christ. We are invited today to welcome and listen to them for they preach Christ. Listening to them and abiding by the words they preach means wooing God’s favour, healing, protection and blessings. It implies becoming family with Christ for whosoever hears and obeys God’s word is Jesus’ brethren (Lk. 8:19). The one who listens and abides by God’s word will most probably not rebel against him and incur his wrath. May God help us with the necessary enablement to shun sin and do his bidding always. Amen
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