YEAR II: HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 7TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: MAY WISDOM GUIDE US ARIGHT THIS NEW WORKING WEEK
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: JAMES 3:13-18, PSALM 19, MARK 9:14-29
What better way can we begin this week than by hearkening to James’ call for us to embrace divine wisdom? The truly wise for the apostle are always meek, never selfish in their ambitions but are very humble. According to William Barclay, Genuine scholars (sages) are far more conscious of what they do not know than of what they know. With this in mind, the Christian who is truly wise is never proud in his knowledge and is always humble in his ignorance. He/she therefore depends completely on God, the author of all wisdom. He/she like the man who brought his son to Christ to be cured is humble enough to say “I believe, HELP MY UNBELIEF” (Mk. 9:24).
Divine wisdom is a sine-qua-non to our lives as Christians. This is because it helps him stay off bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. These alongside immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, hatred, factions etc are works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-20) and those who imbibe these will not inherit heaven (Gal. 5:21). He/she rather, stays pure in thoughts, words and actions; he is a lover of peace, he is gentle, rational, FULL OF MERCY like his heavenly Father is merciful (Lk. 6:36). He is sincere and righteous and as a consequence, such a person is guaranteed a spot in eternity.
Moreover, divine wisdom counsels us a right. It helps us handle circumstances as they arise with ease. The disciples of Christ for a moment lacked this wisdom; they couldn’t realize that intense prayer could save the boy who was brought to them. Today, we may choose to be wise enough as to make prayer our habit, our way and our life given that through it, no situation will overwhelm us.
We pray today for that God-given wisdom that guides, direct, discerns and informs. We pray God to bless us with such wisdom as to aid us journey through this life and pass on to heaven when our time here is spent. Amen.
DO FEED AND EDUCATE ONE POOR FOLK AROUND YOU TODAY