HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF LENT.
THEME: They tried to arrest him, but his hour had not yet come.
BY: Fr. Deotacious Chikontwe, SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
The account of today from the first reading, showed the challenges and trials that God’s servants faced when they went up against a people that were stubborn and wicked in their ways, and we heard the author of the Book of Wisdom writing from the perspective of those wicked and stubborn people, who opposed the Lord and His servants. This then, can also be interpreted as the prophecy and the prediction of what would happen to the Lord’s Saviour, the Messiah, as the phrases from this passage from the Book of Wisdom shows us clear indication of an understanding and revelation of the coming of the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In today’s gospel reading, we sense the growing hostility to Jesus. We are told that the Jewish authorities ‘were out to kill him’. As a result, the ordinary people of Jerusalem ask of Jesus, ‘Isn’t this the man they want to kill?’ The gospel reading ends with a reference to Jesus’ opponents wanting to arrest him. We might be tempted to ask, ‘Why such hostility towards one who is so good? Why are people plotting to kill someone who came so that everyone may have life and have it to the full?’
Jesus teaches us to be faithful to our own calling, regardless of the environment in which we find ourselves. The environment in which we live has not been all that supportive of a life of faith. We could easily get very discouraged as people of faith who are trying to grow in our relationship with Jesus. The portrait of Jesus in today’s gospel reading teaches us to keep living out our baptism as best and witnessing to the gospel even when it is difficult to do so. Just as Jesus knew the support of his heavenly Father, we will know the support of Jesus.
BLESSED WEEKEND EVERYONE!
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