Homily for Friday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Intention for the Day: Prayer that God would save us from all who seek to keep us in servitude. Amen.
By: Fr. Cyril Akindele Osadare
Homily for Friday July 19 2019
Readings: Exodus 11:10—12:14; Matthew 12:1-8
Sometimes we wonder why the powerful people, bosses and especially politicians behave in such inhuman way. Corruption, slavery, domination etc are all results of less regard for human life. We today place position, friendship, our image and especially material things above human life. The worst is that there are people who want to keep people under their domination forever because it gives them power. This is also inhuman. Whatever suffering that is melted on others is a misplacement of life for personal glory irrespective of the law backing it.
This is the point of controversy that Jesus had with the pharisees in the gospel of today. They don’t care about life of disciples because they are custodians of the law and as long as people keep the law, everything is OK. No, everything is not OK as long as a life is wasted, injustice is somewhere and sufferings are going on. That’s why the passover for the Isrealites was a big celebration when God saved them from the inhuman treatment they get from pharaoh. They must celebrate life.
My dear friends in Christ, we need to celebrate human life. Everything else can be replaced or have alternative except human life. There are too many people in captivity not just in prison behind bars but prisoners of injustice, prisoners of ignorance, prisoners of poverty, prisoners of faithlessness etc. They are all caused by you and I. We must stop being part of the servitude. People must be free both inside and outside. May the Lord give our lives peace and joy. Amen.