Catholic homily for Wednesday of the 12th week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: God is the perfect answer
By: Fr. Evaristus Okeke
Homily for Wednesday June 23 2021
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps.105; Matthew 7:15-20
In today’s first reading, the Lord made known to Abram that he will be very great. Abram understood this greatness to be possible only through an offspring. So, he cried to God that his childlessness constitutes a hindrance to this future greatness. This reservation expressed by Abram is similar to that of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When the angel told her that she shall conceive and bear a son, she inquired how such will come to pass since she knew no man.
Dear friends in Christ, Abram encounter with God teaches us that God can resolve the doubt that may arise in our relationship with Him. Sometimes when we read the scripture and come across the blessings that God has in store for his children, we are tempted to think that such blessings are purely historical and have nothing to do with us and our present situation. The psalmist tells us that the Lord remembers His covenant forever.
Trust God to intervene in whatever situation you may find yourself in. Prayer still works and will always work for God is love. It may not work the way we may expect, but it will definitely work in the best possible way. God is too faithful to fail. He will always give us joy to balance our affliction for the years we have known misfortune.
In today’s gospel, Jesus continues his admonition on going beyond mere appearances. He tells us that sticking to the truth will keep us safe from the ravening of false prophets. These false prophets appear in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. This means that they give a good first impression but cannot sustain it.
Have you realize that when you are faced with a difficult situation, you begin to get different suggestions on how to go about it. People begin to mention names and places where solutions can be procured. Testimonies are even given to convince you that these names and places are reliable even when they contradict your Christian faith. No matter how attractive the devil and his agents are presented, their preoccupations remain to kill, to steal and to destroy.
When people speak of the goodies they received from the devil, they may not mention that it was from the devil. Surely, they never add the inescapable suffering they experience thereafter. Such is the tactic of the devil. He got Eve to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden with the promise that her eyes will be opened; but he did not tell Eve what she will see with the opened eyes. When her eyes was truly opened, she saw that she was naked and she was ashamed.
Faithfulness to God, does not immune us from the questions of life; but is surely guarantees us that God is the perfect answer. Trust in God and He will act. *God Bless You!*
Fr. Evaristus Okeke