YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: I APPOINTED YOU A PROPHET
BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.
HOMILY: Vocations and callings are solely the prerogative of God. It is God who calls the individual and not the individual calling himself. A clear example of a Call is highlighted in today’s first reading. God’s call of Jeremiah predates his birth.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jer. 1, 4-5).
The same was the case of Jesus as we see in today’s Gospel which was a follow up of last Sundays Gospel. Jesus came to fulfill all the prophecies of the Old.
As he entered the synagogue and was handed the scroll, he read from Isaiah 61. He then declared immediately after reading that, this prophecy is fulfilled even as they listened. That is, in his person is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies. Thus even before he was formed in his mother Mary’s womb, and his subsequent birth, God had already Called and consecrated him to bring the good news to us poor.
Furthermore, since a genuine prophet is one called and consecrated by God, and whose mission is not without challenges, it therefore follows that all his teachings and deeds must be geared towards God and heavenly things.
A typical example of the expression of heavenly life is the prioritization of Love.
St Paul tells us in today’s second reading that, If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 Cor 12, 31-13,13).
Love is the significance and end of every prophecy.
If in our struggle to live a good and Christian life, we do not place Love and the practice of it; which is charity, at the center of out lives, then we may be simply wasting our time.
Let us therefore as God’s chosen vessels live a life centered on Love of God and our neighbours.
May God bless his words in our heart.
Fr. Cosmas Ukadike, C.M.