YEAR B: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 21st WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THE GOD OF SURPRISES
BY: Fr. Livinus Igbodekwe
(1 COR 1:26-31:, MATT 25:14-30)
If God should stop surprising us then He would be our equal. His ways surprise us because they surpass us. God has surprised the world with basically two things:His choices and His Judgements.
God chooses the weak, the foolish, the ignoble rather than the mighty, the wise and the noble of the world. It amazes us. Why would God go to the gutters to pick kings, to the weaklings and pick warriors , to the dump and pick dons? This is because God is ever working on the little things to make them large things. It is His character to create something out of nothing. The World look for “already made products” God looks for “available raw materials”. The world runs after celebrities. God celebrates the uncelebrated. He picks fishermen and make them apostles: picks prostitutes and make them evangelists (Mary Magdalene, Rahab, the woman at the well): picks weak vessels and make them warriors (Moses, Gideon, Deborah and Jael).
But does God require something from the one He wants to transform? Yes. One thing – acknowledgement. How?
The Gospel explains:
The two servants recognized that their greatness depends on their Master. They knew that the Master has not finished with them yet when He gave them small talents. They invested them by working on them. The result was huge. They got promoted. Why? They acknowledged that little things could yield big things when diligence works on them. This is what it means to have the mind of God. God blesses those with creative minds. If you are creative, keep creating more things. That is the shortest way of spelling “blessing”.
Have a lovely weekend!