Catholic homily for Friday of the 30th week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: The law of love
By: Fr. Francis Onwunali
Homily for Friday October 29 2021
In our readings today we hear of “the glory of God and glorifying God”. The essence of our with God is sharing in God’s glory, the divine life, and we respond by acknowledging God’s presence in our lives; glorifying God for His work in our lives.
In the first reading (Rom 9: 1-6), Paul expresses his displeasure that most of his own people , the Chosen Ones, have not accepted Jesus as the Messiah. Even as they are familiar with the Scriptures, they failed to see in Jesus the fulfilment of all the law and prophets. How often do we fail to acknowledge Jesus as the Saviour in our lives?
In the gospel (Luke 14: 1-6), Jesus, by healing someone on a Sabbath teaches that the law of love supersedes the law of rest. The Sabbath was meant to be a time to remember and celebrate God’s goodness and the goodness of God’s works, both in creation and redemption. In remembering and celebrating God’s goodness, we glorify God. How often do you glory in the goodness of God?
Dear friends, every action of God is glorious! Life can only become meaningful when, in every step, we experience God’s involvement. With such understanding, we constantly glorify God who has already glorified us in Himself by sharing His life with us. How often do we appreciate this benevolence from God even while we are still unworthy?
I pray as we journey in life today, our desires will always be to glorify God for His goodness in our lives.
May we boldly say with the Psalmist: “I will thank the Lord with all my heart in the meeting of the just and their assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; to be pondered by all who love them” (Ps 111: 1-2). May we continue to glorify the Lord for His goodness. Have a glory-full day!
Fr. Francis Onwunali