Homily for Monday of 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: Enjoy yourself as much as you like – if only you keep from sin. (Run, jump, shout, but do not sin) St John Bosco.
By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
Feast of Saint John Bosco, Priest
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
2 Sam 15:13-14,30,16:5-13
Today, we all celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco, one of the famous saints of the Church known and remembered for his works and dedication to youths. Having experienced a difficult youth time himself, and how having inadequate education due to the poverty of his family, he was inspired to be a priest and from then on, to reach out to struggling juveniles and youths, establishing the Oratory in Turin, catering for the needs of those who need guidance and help, caring for the needs of orphans and those who were struggling with life.
*LET US BE INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF SAINT JOHN BOSCO*
He was committed to his work and made great impacts despite the challenges and opposition that he often had to face in his ministry, as there were members of both laity and the clergy opposed to his efforts due to various reasons. But St. John Bosco persevered nonetheless, gathering many others who shared his ideals and desire to serve the people of God, eventually leading to the foundation of the Order of the Salesians of Don Bosco, one of the great religious orders lasting till this very day.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all turn towards the Lord with faith and commit ourselves thoroughly to His cause from now on. Let us be inspired by the faith shown by St. John Bosco and other holy men and women, all of our role models in faith. May the Lord continue to guide us and strengthen us in our journey through life, and may He empower us to live ever more faithfully in His embrace and love.
Happy Feast day to all of you, especially to our Salesian brothers and sisters.
Saint John Bosco pray for Us always!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA