Homily for Friday of the 5th Week of Lent (1)

Homily for Friday of the 5th Week of Lent



Homily for Friday April 8 2022


In some African cultures, a boy is initiated into adulthood only after he’s tested in a dark forest where he is expected to save himself from dangers. Fr. Peter Bauna Tanko tells a story about a boy who was sent to a forest for this test and was very scared all through the night, even as he climbed the tree for safety. At dawn, he was pleasantly surprised to see his father hiding nearby fully armed with a bow and arrows. He was watching after his son all night. The boy said, “If I had known that my father was standing on guard, I would have slept soundly.” Very often we are crippled by fear because we are not aware that God watches over us with tender loving care. The people who lived in the days of the prophet Jeremiah suffered from Alethephobia, which is the fear of truth. They wanted to get rid of truth by intimidating and eliminating Jeremiah and so he exclaimed, “Terror on every side” (Jeremiah 20:10). Jeremiah was confident in God’s protective care and was sure that his persecutors will stumble and will not prevail. (Jeremiah 20:11). Jesus faced more intense persecution at the hand of the Jews. He was never afraid of His detractors and opposing forces that surrounded Him. Are we constantly frozen in fear, forgetting God’s protective love over us?

Jeremiah 20:10-13; John 10:31-42 Friday, 5th Wéek Of Lent

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