Homily for Friday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Year B
Theme: DO YOUR BIT, GOD LOVES EFFORT
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Friday January 17 2020
MEMORIAL OF SAINT ANTHONY, ABBOT
READINGS: 1 SAMUEL 8:4-7.10-22, PSALM 89, MARK 2:1-12
Sons and daughters of God, welcome to this weekend made and gifted us by God. May I enjoin all and sundry to thankfully worship God in spirit and truth. Today, we see Christ in Capernaum curing a paralytic of his paralysis and forgiving his sins too (Mk. 2:1-12). Beloved friends in Christ may I invite you all to appreciate more the power of our saviour, his care for us and his readiness to attend to our needs.
Effort pays my dear brothers and sisters, in business, study, and spiritually too. The Christian who makes effort to meet Jesus in prayer and committed Christian living; such a person is necessarily favoured by Christ. Simon invited Christ to his house – he cured his mother-in-law, the leper came begging o his knees – he was made well; and today, the four men of resource who stopped at nothing until their friend met Jesus earned him a saving! Trust me dear friends, though God is gratuitous in his dealings with us, our efforts to meet him cannot be downplayed.
God desires that as we begin this year, we should come face to face with his son, Jesus: the healer of our infirmities, the one who delivers us from all evil and satanic manipulations; and the one who is able to forgive our all our sins.
✓•Are you living in sin, Jesus forgives every repentant soul, come to him.
✓•Are you sick, Jesus heals every infirmity, submit yourself to him and you’re healed already.
✓•Are you under any demonic spell, any satanic influence; is the devil holding you captive, approach Jesus and your story will change forever.
✓•May I invite us all to fall on bended knees before Christ, placing at his feet all our cares and he’ll take it from there most definitely. Of this, I am very sure.
May we allow God rule over our lives and not be like the Israelites who sought a human king to rule them against God’s demands. May we remain faithful to the commands of the Lord and never breach them as did the Israelites. That so, and with God ruling over us, our lives will be secure and our little efforts favoured by God always. May Saint Anthony, Abbot intercede for us now and always. Amen.
What have we done for those around us who are in need; what effort have we made to help the suffering children around us. Kindly FEED AND EDUCATE ONE…