YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THE SERPENT TRICKED ME, AND I ATE
BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike CM
The story in today’s first reading is reminiscent of the “Fall of Man” (Gens 3, 9-15, 20). This story exposes the Human weakness, and St Paul pointed to the weak nature of humanity in the second reading (“2Cor 4, 16-17). This is not to say that we are justified when we fall into temptation, No!
In the story of the fall we see how the serpent took advantage of mans’ weakness to make him go against the will of his creator. Our enemy the devil is a trickster. We observed today how Eve described him: “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”(Gens 3, 13). His ways are serpent-like and tricky. All he does is to distract us and divert attention from God to himself. He often comes like an angel of light (2 Cor 11, 14), again tricky just to perpetuate his evil in us and cause us to separate ourselves from our creator.
Even Jesus was not free from the ploy of the enemy to divert his attention and as a matter of fact, to corner Jesus and to make him focus attention on him the devil; the temptation of Jesus clearly brings this out (Matt 4, 1-11). In today’s gospel also we see how the scribes who came down from Jerusalem allowed themselves to be used by the enemy to distract the works of Christ (Mk 3, 21), by referring to him as Beelzebub.
We are to be on our guard against the tricks of the enemy. His plans are never for good and we cannot afford to neglect the fact that “our enemy the devil is prowling round, like a wounded lion, seeking for souls to devour” but Gods word has urged us to stand up to him strong in faith (1 Pet 5, 8).
We pray that as we get more conscious of the fact of the devilish tricks of the enemy, we may not fall again into temptation, but may stand up to him strong in faith and be the victor we are called to be.
Happy Sunday And blessings on your week.
Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.