YEAR C: TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR
HOMILY THEME: The Word of God
BY: Fr. Cyril Unachukwu CCE
HOMILY: One thing God never ceases to do is to come to the aid of His children in times of need! He is the same yesterday, today and forever; and so also is his ever present help. “Lord, come to our aid!” May this help never elude you now and always; Amen.
The Word of God is light and life giving (John 1:1-18)! One of the strangest things we encounter on daily basis is how one can be an opposition to the word of God! Nobody loves to be in the dark and life is the greatest value anyone would dream of losing. How then can one oppose the real source of light and life? This opposition is what we see in the First Reading (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10) with the experience of the Prophet Jeremiah. This brought the prophet so much suffering and pain! Most often, opposition to the Word of God arises because people are afraid to confront the error in their actions. This was the case with some officers of King Zedekiah and they had to conspire to maltreat the Prophet.
The reality of opposition to the Gospel in our contemporary society is intensifying on daily basis with nascent frontiers. In families, villages and cultural settings and even at the international stage; people are renewing their strength and vigour at resisting the truth of the Gospel with new theories and attitudes; and even subjecting the ministers of the Gospel to varied forms of suffering and blackmail. This indeed is partly the cause of the divisions our Lord talks about in the Gospel Reading (Luke 12:49-53). The division that arises from the encounter between the force of the eternal truth of the Word of God and the force of opposition to this truth. These divisions exist among us; not because the purpose of the Word is primarily to bring divisions in our midst but because we have refused to allow the Word of God to yield the fruits it should by listening to it.
Opposing the Word of God is luciferian. That is why every opposition begets division which is tap-rooted in Lucifer himself the architect of every division. He draws the plans and we by opposition to the Word of God execute these nefarious plans. Where do you belong? Do you oppose God’s plan by deafening your ears to His Word?
Listen again to the words of the Second Reading (Hebrews 12:1-4) “think of the way Jesus stood such opposition from sinners and then you will not give up for want of courage.” Jesus remains an eternal example to overcoming every opposition that may come along our path; and of standing firm in keeping God’s Word; “Your will be done.”
May the grace of God keep us from being opposers of God’s Word and enable us to live in the Light of His Truth; Amen. Happy Sunday; Fr. Cyril