Homily for Monday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Do not make nonsense of the grace you have received.
By: Rev. Fr Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Monday, June 17 2019
READING: 2 Cor. 6: 1-10, Ps. 98, Mat. 5: 38-42,
When St Paul was faced with difficulties of life, he prayed and asked God for grace and wished God would remove certain difficulties of life from him, he got this response from God: My grace is enough for you and later he made it clear that his power is made more manifest in his weakness. Grace is a supernatural assistance that God gives to human beings to help them cope with every difficult life situations that overwhelm them. Without the grace of God, humanity cannot cope with life and life would be so frustrating than it is now.
It is on this back drop that St Paul advices us that God has already poured out this divine help upon us and freely given it to everybody.
And so he asks us not to let this grace be a wasted gift. We should not allow it to be futile but cling to it. God listens to us at the appropriate times we call upon him and he renders that help to us. If there is any time to make use of this grace and to call upon God, now is the favourable time and more acceptable before God. The onus is now on us to make use of this opportunity of the abounding grace of God poured upon us heavily.
Beloved, as God does his own part of giving of his grace, we are to use that grace well so that we may not be an obstacle to any one reaching out to God; we should not be a stumbling block to any one rather a stepping stone to people’s progress. We have got the grace to face hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, hunger, wants. We are to carry the weapons of righteousness and honour and good repute.
Beloved, the grace we have received should make us act differently from the way others would. We should be ready to sacrifice more than demanded of us; whoever asks for something, we are not to resist but be charitable even to a fault. We are to be soft hearted and ready to be useful to the needy around us and manage with them the little we have. St Germaine taught us great lesson that even from the debris and left-over scrams of food she shared with some people she felt she was better than not doing so. This is our challenge today and we can make heaven in a very simple way not in an extraordinary manner.
Beloved, the Lord has through various ways made known his salvation to us and given us the grace to move on and behold it. It is left for us to act accordingly and make use of the abounding grace to achieve it. May the Lord remember his truth and love and grant us his merciful love, Amen.
Rev. Fr Callistus Emenyonu, cmf