Homily for Friday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Blow the trumpet and sound the alarm.
By: Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Friday October 11 2019
READING: Joel. 1: 13-15; 2: 1-2, Ps. 9, Luke 11: 15-26
Yesterday Prophet Malachi presented us with the discouragement of the righteous over the manner God shows patience to the evildoers and prodigally blesses them and they were thinking that it was useless serving the Lord and doing good. God spoke to them that a day of judgment would take them by surprise and good people would be rewarded. Today Prophet Joel has furthered that truth about the end of man on earth as planned by God.
Joel made a clarion call for immediate repentance. The priests or leaders of religious worship were asked to proclaim fast by invocation of a solemn assembly of elders and inhabitants of the land. He talks of how terrible and unparalleled the sufferings of the evildoers would be. It would be a day of destruction by the anger of the Almighty due to sins of the people. This is why Joel asks that a trumpet should be blown and alarm released to call for attention of all and sundry for this most important spiritual act. He made us know that that day is near and it shall be a day of darkness and gloom; a day of clouds and thick darkness. This prophecy speaking of the nearness of the Day of Judgment has been made for thousands of centuries before Christ and so can be faulted to be a lie since it has never come to pass. This should not be understood as the parousia or the day of final judgment and consummation of all things. Many have joked with it and never lived to tell of it as they lie helpless in the grave. How many billions of people have died since this prophecy was made and how many are dying in our own time and in the days ahead? Who knows what they are experiencing wherever they may be now? For some of them it is total darkness, gloom and cloudy while for some who lived differently heeding to this warning of repentance are beholding illumination, glory, joy and peace. It is unfortunate that none of the two groups have been able to return to tell us of their experiences since God refused to send Lazarus to come to warn his brothers living here.
The determinant of where you would find yourself may be what you spoke with your lips which would bring you condemnation. You can accuse the just one and speak ill of righteous ones causing divine outpour of wrath on you. Jesus was called a believer and possessor of Beelzebul. He was termed a worker of evil spirit and partner with the devil just to discredit the just one of God. Their mouth has spoken but Jesus placed causes on them: But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons then the kingdom of God has come upon you. This is a serious warning on us who commit sins against the Holy Spirit. The finger of God here is the Holy Spirit who expelled the demons and so to ascribe that miracle to the evil spirit is a denial of God’s power and God said he is a jealous God who does not share his glory with another. Beloved, incredulity and disbelief of authentic teaching and blind argument on truth and intentional refusal to admit the truth amount to impenitence which is also a sin against the Holy Spirit which cannot be forgiven here or in the world to come.
Beloved, be sure that you do not scatter the people of God and destroy his teaching. Do not scandalize any of the little ones of Christ who are not just children by age but in faith. If you do not believe and teach the true faith you scatter and then not with him. The evil spirit you inherited from sinful conception at birth and your personal sins when you were not in Christ have been wiped and so, do not give the devil opportunity to return back to your life.
Fill that space with truth and faith, sincerity and good works if not the worst devil will obsess and possess you and make you worse that before. May the Lord grant us the spirit of contrition and repentance so as not to belong to those to be destroyed and wiped out, Amen.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf