By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
Homily for Monday January 31 2022
(St John Bosco, Priest).
Reflection by Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
2 Sam 15:13-14,30;16:5-13; Mark 5:1-20
From the life of David in the scriptures, what is clear is that he was humble and unassuming. He was a King, he had power (which he sometimes abused), but he was also down-to-earth. It was this humility that enabled him endure Absalom’s rebellion and Shimei’s many insults in today’s first reading. The demoniac in the Gospel reading, had broken physical fetters and chains because of the many demons in him. But after Jesus cast the demons out, the man’s true nature came out. He was so grateful and submissive, he wanted to follow Jesus wherever he went from thence. However, when Jesus asked him to remain and become a witness to his own people, he humbly obeyed, spreading the news about Jesus throughout the Decapolis.
Friends, St John Bosco, whose memorial we celebrate today, was a man who understood humility quite well. He found a way to communicate this to the many young people who attended his evening classes and stayed at his hostels. Being from a poor background himself, he understood just how much the struggle between good and evil can frustrate young minds. He went on to found the Salesian congregation, which today is dedicated to youth ministry. May God put into our hearts, the kind of sincere humility he gave to David, that we may be able to serve God and one another in sincerity of heart, Amen.
Good morning dear. God bless your week ahead!