Homily for Friday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The Lord has the words of eternal life.
By: Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Friday July 26 2019
READINGS: Ex. 20: 1-17, Ps. 19, Mat. 13: 18-23
Every people must have laws and ordinances to guide them for good relationship. God who has made Israel a chosen nation where people have to relate with each other and with God specially must have laws to guide them. This is why in the first reading God gave Israel laws to guide the relationship between him and the nation and among themselves. The laws are to establish the manner of relationship between them as a people and God. God wanted only honour and respect from the people and he wanted love and order, care and concern among themselves. These laws are to provide peace and cordial relationship among the people.
Anyone who wants to have peace and divine protection must be obedient to the commands of the Lord. The laws command our lives and actions and stipulate or dictate what we must do and how it must be done. It is a mandate and a compulsion that demands our obedience. No one can obtain love and peace from God who does not keep to his laws and ordinances.
The laws of the Lord come through his words and its adherence gives peace and life. This is why in the gospel, Jesus gives his disciples the words of life and spoke proverbially about the benefit of keeping to his words. His words command our obedience because in his words are laws of life and order of living that pleases God. Jesus speaks of different classes of people and how they respond to his words and commands. Some people predispose themselves to the devil to snatch away the words of God that command life in them. It does not have a place to live in their hearts but quickly is removed by the devil and evil spirits.
Some other group of people make their hearts strong as the rock or stone in which case there is no good foundation of faith to keep the words. The words may make meaning to them for a short while and fade in effects. At the slightest temptation and distress, they fall away from what the word commands. The other group of people are those who have their interest in riches and wealth of this life; they worship them like their gods and have no time for God and spiritual things. Of course wherever your wealth is there your heart is knitted. Only very few heed to the demands of the word and its commands. These are the few that bear fruits abundantly to the glory of God. Beloved, where do you belong and where does the word of God you hear fall?
Beloved, remember that the words of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; it gives life and vigour. His laws give wisdom to his children and make them simple. God’s precepts are right and gladden the heart and enlighten our eyes. May the Lord grant us the grace to desire his laws more than anything in this world even than gold. May God help us to cherish and treasure what his words command and strive to live by its dictates, Amen.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf