HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: Anyone who welcomes a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man will have a holy man’s reward.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR MONDAY JULY 11 2022
Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot, Patron Saint of Europe
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard words of the Lord to the people through Isaiah, the warning for all those who have committed sins against God. God warned all of them that their sins were known to Him, and those sins would be their undoing unless they turned away from them and repent from them. This was in reference to Sodom was in fact a reference to the sins of the people, which are just like the sins of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah in the past.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we heard from the Gospel of St. Matthew in which the Lord told His disciples presenting to them the reality of His coming into the world and how the disciples might have to face sufferings, hardships and persecutions much as how the prophets had faced in the past.
But the reality is such that, the Lord’s coming would in fact create divisions and tribulations for His followers, all because of the stubbornness and the same resistance that the world had often shown Him and His messengers.
Today in a special way we celebrate the memorial of St. Benedict, this is a person who inspired many others through his sincere desire to seek and love the Lord, embracing a life of contemplative prayer and holiness, in a monastic community formed from those who shared the same desire and insight, and hence answered God’s call for them to live their Christian lives most meaningfully and purposefully. St. Benedict and his life examples should therefore also inspire each one of us to seek to live our lives worthily as Christians from now on. We are all called to be faithful witnesses of the Lord and exemplary disciples of His, so that through us many more people may come to believe in God and be saved as well.
Today we pray for all the people who will undergo Surgery, we ask our Good Lord to give you a successful operation.
Have A Blessed new week.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA