YEAR II: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: GOD’S WAYS AIN’T OURS, HE’LL FIND YOU
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: 1SAMUEL 16:1-13, PSALM 89, MARK 2:23-28
Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, indeed, the ways of the Lord; his thoughts too are different from ours (Isa. 55:8). He chooses whomever he wants for whatever and rejects anyone who proves recalcitrant. He rejected Saul, a consequence of his disobedience and chose David the shepherd boy in his place.
Like Samuel, many of us tend to qualify people for this or that position based on accidents such as: appearance, place of origin, status, and in our modern day language, ‘connection’. We deny others positions that should be theirs because of how bad or arrogant they look; we do so too based on where people come from, what they do and who they don’t know. God reminds us today to consider people’s worth, their substance and give them their due appointments. Just imagine if Samuel were some top politician in our day; David’s name wouldn’t have been mentioned (that is if Jesse’s house were to be chosen anyways). This is a terrible scenario that needs to be corrected.
Beloved aspirants (to schools or jobs) who are qualified but denied admission or employment based on their looks or origin; be patient a little longer I pray. God will find you like he found David his servant (Ps. 89:21). Stay in your ‘shepherd’s tent’ hustling and attending to your God-given tasks as David was doing before God called him. God himself will find you, anoint you and thus graced, you can only become a man or woman after God’s own heart like David turned out to be.
God challenges us today to deal with people firstly because they are humans, secondly because of their essence and not accidentals of appearance and origin. He would want us to afford others the necessary opportunities to flourish if they so merit them regardless of their status or stature. The words of Martin Luther King Jr comes in his famous Speech, “Dream” where he hoped that one day people will be judged not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
God has found priests from village primary schools (myself one of them), he found governors, senators, presidents and business moguls from interior villages, market squares and so on. He will find you when your time is due. Patience is key!
May St Agnes, murdered for choosing virginity for Christ over marriage; intercede for us as we
FEED AND EDUCATE ONE