YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: Do not become a Slave to Sin.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
HOMILY: (Read Romans 6:12-18, Psalm 124 and Luke 12:39-48)
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)
According to Pope St. John Paul II, “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” To be free is to be able to make the right choices always. The opposite of freedom is slavery. Slavery is not just the condition of being held against one’s will, it is also the condition of lacking the capacity to do what is right.
St. Paul tells us this morning that we could be slaves to sin if we find ourselves unable to say “No” to temptations. This kind of slavery is more deadly than physical slavery; it is knowing that something is very bad, yet going all the way to still do it. Many Christians find themselves held in this vicious cycle; they regret their sinful actions but no sooner had they repented, they find themselves doing the very things they had promised not to do ever again.
St. Paul perfectly understood this dilemma when he wrote: “I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do… Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? (Romans 7:18-24).
The simple truth is that each of us is a slave to something; be it good or bad. Nevertheless, as we read in the Stations of the Cross: “My will is mine.” The key to freedom from the slavery of sin is slavery to God. until we subject ourselves entirely to be used by God, sin continues to dominate our lives. Hence, St. Paul says: “Do not yield your members to sin as an instrument, but yield yourselves to God.”
In other words, let God be your master; do all you can to please God and ensure God alone is your Master. As Jesus explains in today’s Gospel passage, become like a steward waiting for his master’s arrival. Let it be that at every point in time, you are found doing exactly what God desires.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, take my heart, my body and my mind; rule me. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Romans 6:12-18, Psalm 124 and Luke 12:39-48).