HOMILY FOR MONDAY, 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
THEME: SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE
BY: MSGR GERALD M. MUSA
A furious mother asked her son, “Young man where did you learn to talk that way?” The boy was silent and then turned to his father and asked: Daddy, should I tell her?”” Obviously, he had learned some bad habits from his father. Jesus strictly warns his disciples not to be sources of scandal and distraction to those entrusted to them. An African saying: Scandal is not like bread; there is never any shortage. It may be hard to avoid scandals, but possible to minimize them to the barest minimum.
ALSO RECOMENDED: MONDAY HOMILY, 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
We should strive to inspire others positively with words and lifestyle. If we have been inspired by those we look up to, should those who look up to us not find inspiration from us? Jesus instructs us to inspire and uplift others through our words and actions and not to be the cause of people’s spiritual downfall through false information, doctrines, philosophies, heresies, ideologies, visions, prophecies, and negative behaviours.
We can undertake to uplift others by engaging in spiritual works of mercy such as bringing back wrongdoers to the right path and instructing the ignorant. According to St. Paul, anyone who wishes to set a good example, must not be charged with insubordination or debauchery and must not be arrogant, quick- tempered, drunkard, violent, or greedy for gain. A person who inspires others is hospitable, a lover of goodness, a master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled (Titus 1:7-9). What efforts do we make to lead by example?
FOR SIMILAR HOMILY, CLICK HERE >>>