YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF EASTER
Intention for the Day: Prayer that the Lord will bless the work of our hands. Amen.
BY: Fr. Cyril Akindele Osadare
HOMILY: Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker
Acts 5:17-26; John 3:16-21(proper gospel :Mathew 13:54-58).
Sometimes ago, the president of Nigeria says, Nigerian youths are lazy. There were large outcry with arguments flying in here and there. While we may argue and agree effectively that, such statement is a over generalisation and extreme one. We need to ask what kind of work does the Nigeria youth does or is looking for. Not only to the youth, what kind of work do we do? A work that is filled with pride and dignity or one that can’t be said in public or be proud of.
Today we celebrate the memorial if St. Joseph the worker. We also pray for all our workers. In the first reading, Peter and John were arrested and imprisoned but God intervenes because what is of God must be in the open, public and broad daylight. They who were thought to have been caged were found in the public full glare working for the kingdom. This is the purpose of Christ’s coming to the world to call us out of darkness to his wonderful light, from a shameful lifestyle to a glorious one. Our Lord want us to love the light, live a life of integrity. He came specifically into the world so that way gain light and live in it.
My dear friends, what kind of work are you doing? A work of light or that of darkness. Any life that you can’t be proud of, it doesn’t add to your integrity and dignity is work of darkness. Many of us today have work that can’t be said about in public space. Prostitution, fraud, corruption, ritual money etc have become work for Nigerians. These are darkness. We don’t want to dirty our hands, we are no more proud to be called by what we do. Such as iya deji alakara(bean cake seller), mummy bola alate (provison seller)etc. We forget easily that through these jobs these women and men sent the professors and doctors of today to school. Let’s do the right things and be proud of what we do as children of God. May the work we do give glory to God in our lives. Amen. Happy new month.