YEAR B: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: The Power and Importance of Self-Control
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
_“Bid the older men be temperate, serious, sensible, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Bid the older women likewise to be reverent in behaviour. … Likewise, urge the younger men to control themselves.” *Titus 2:2-6*_
Imagine a car without brakes, a tap without a knob or a machine without an on/off button. That is just how we are without self-control.
To be self-controlled is to be able to say “no” to the impulses of the flesh regardless of how strong the temptations may be. To be self-controlled is the ability to act right no matter what one feels inside.
Self-control or self-discipline is not something we acquire from the blues, it is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; that is to say, self-control is one of the manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. Hence, if we want to be more self-controlled, we must pray constantly for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Reading through Paul’s letter to Titus, we can see that self-control is neither the exclusive reserve of the young or the old neither is it gender specific. All humans regardless of age and position in life always stand in need of self-control. However, without self-control, one cannot be a leader. As St. Paul says: “show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds…”
Jesus gave a parable in today’s Gospel passage to drive home the point that we should always see ourselves as humble servants. In essence, Jesus wants us to get rid of the “entitlement mentality.”
Even though the Bible contains a lot of promises, our worship of God does not give us an automatic ticket to receiving these promise. Yes, we must keep God’s commandments with all our heart but at the end of the day, we can only say: “we are unworthy servants. Again it takes self- control to say “I don’t deserve anything, I am only a servant.
Hear what others have said about self- control. *“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”* _Marcus Aurelius, Meditations._
*“Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.”* _Bohdi Sanders, Warrior Wisdom_
*“If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world”* _Paulo Coelho, Aleph_
*“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”* _Lao Tzu_.
*“Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.”* _Elie Wiesel_.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, show me my control switches. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Titus 2:1-8,11-14 Psalm 37:3-29 and Luke 17:7-10).