YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: CHALLENGES OF A GOOD CHRISTIAN
BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.
Christianity calls us to God’s way of life that stands for goodness and truth. But in keeping to this godly way of life, challenges are bound.
In today’s first reading we see a semblance of the out cry of the suffering servant in the book of the prophet Isaiah (53).
Here the author narrates the evil plots against the righteous one coupled with insults and the desire to see him dead simply because he stands for God and for the truth. (Wisdom 2, 17-20). The only offense the righteous man has committed is because he opposes evil actions and he reproaches them for their sins. And for standing for what is right; the evil people see his presence in their midst as highly inconveniencing (wisdom 2, 12).
God’s word today is reminding us of the fact that as Christians our ways would be automatically opposed to the ways of the world and so the “world” would be displeased with us. This is the simple reason why Christians face persecution from all corners. Just yesterday a lady came to me in tears that her marriage is falling apart and this is simply because she has been asked to stop her daily prayers at home, which she has vowed not to stop. Upon enquiries it was discovered that the prayers was a cause of great inconvenience to the mother in law. This is one out of so many of such cases. Let us be courageous and never give in to persecutions and trials.
Even our master Jesus the Christ was also faced with a similar challenge. In today’s Gospel he called his disciples to himself and instructed them of his imminent trials and persecution, which will eventually lead to his shameful death on the cross (Mk 9, 30-37).
But we thank God that his seeming shame would turn to fame. For his cross would later become his ladder to pick up his Crown. The victory of Christ over his enemies is a great assurance to us that even though we may be persecuted now for the sake of God and the truth, our endurance will win us our salvation. There is no need to be discouraged. And there’s no reason to stop praying. Let us remember that winners never give up. And at this point we can’t afford to give up. God is fighting your battle! Have courage.
Step into your week of victory.
Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.