HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT.
THEME: I’M NOT WORTHY.
BY: FR GERALD M. MUSA.
Elephants are highly respected in the jungle as invincible and great conquerors because of their size and strength. Once upon a time, an elephant walked majestically to the river to have a bath. A crocodile sneaked behind and caught one of the legs of the elephant in between its teeth. The elephant mustered the strength to pull its legs away from the crocodile’s teeth. The more it struggled, the more crocodile dragged it into the deepest part of the river. The elephant immediately gave up its ego, and pride and humbly resorted to prayers, crying out loud, “God, help me. I have reached the end of my strength.” God immediately sent an eagle to deliver the elephant from the snare of the crocodile.
The humility of the elephant attracted the help and grace of God. Likewise, a Roman centurion, who was a man of authority, and who commanded great respect, desperately sought divine help by begging Jesus to heal his distressed and paralysed servant. Jesus offered to come to his house to heal the servant, but in humility, the centurion said: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Wise people say, the clothing of humility never goes out of style. Humility attracts grace, healing, and help. Can we imitate such qualitative faith and exceptional humility of the centurion?
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