YEAR B: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE TWELFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THE KING’S HERITAGE
BY: Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare
(2Kgs 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36/Ps 48:2-4, 10-11/Mt 7:6, 12-14)
“More safe I am within your hands than if a host did round me stand, goes a line in a very moving song. Life is about knowing your backroom staff and depending on them. A verse in another song runs, “Some would rely on their power, others put their trust in their gold. Some have only their saviour, whose faithfulness never grows old”.
Hezekiah was an effective king who was serious with his faith and social organization. He did what he could with the energy and resources available to him. He was not merely naive or lazy when he entered God's presence. In an act of hope and complete trust, Hezekiah admitted that victory belongs to God alone and all power belong to him. God was, for him, a help at hand in time of trouble and not a mere last result in the combat of life.
We desire but never get absolute deliverance from our enemies because we treat God as a tool for success and not an authority deserving allegiance. God is not a weapon for success but a responsible King who protects His subjects. Once we move from remaining “masters” using God as our instrument to seeing ourselves as subjects of the greatest King, we will become testimony bearers. We need the heart of King Hezekiah more than the pride oriented attitude of some modern day “men of God”. Humility grounded faith is priceless.
~For servant attitude
~That we can rely on God
~For serious approach to our faith journey
(Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare of the Catholic Diocese of Obuasi)