YEAR B: HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: HAVE I GROWN COLD SPIRITUALLY?
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
_“I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” *Revelation 2:3-4*_
Can you take your minds to the moment you became a Christian? Do you recall back in the days when your love for God was hotter than fire? Perhaps, the days of your catechism? Do you remember when you gave your life to Christ? Stay with that for a moment…
Now, ask yourself, ‘What went wrong? What happened to that burning fire? How come you no longer feel so enthusiastic about the things of God anymore?’
Like the blind man in today’s Gospel passage, most of us have lost our spiritual sight. We knew how close we were to God before, back then, most of us could see. We knew the gifts God gave to us then, how we couldn’t afford to let a single day pass without spending up to an hour in personal prayer and meditation, how we so loved the Bible that we carried it everywhere.
Today, we have allowed the pleasures of this world, the vanishing vanities of this world to blind our eyes. Even though we still attend church regularly, our prayer life is in shambles. We no longer know which book of the Bible comes before which, we no longer see visions, we no longer spend time meditating.
Again, like the blind man who called out to Jesus vehemently, let us go on our knees to beg for restoration. Let us not allow anyone to distract us or prevent us from calling on Jesus. Let us pray that our eyes would be open again. Let us pray that we may return to our first love.
Call on Jesus with faith that he who did not refuse sight to the man sitting at the roadside will look with mercy and restore your sight in the spirit.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Monday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time. Year B. Bible Study: Revelation 1:1-8, Psalm 1:1-6 and Luke 18:35-43).