Homily for Monday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: BE TAKEN UP WITH JESUS AND NOT SIGNS AND WONDERS
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Monday October 14 2019
READINGS: ROMANS 1:1-7, PSALM 98, LUKE 11:29-32
• How different are we from the crowds that followed Jesus about two millennia plus years ago?
• What are we following Jesus for?
• Who is he to us?
• Are we taken up with his signs and power; and not with him to whom these signs point?
• Are we Christians today not pursuers of miracles?
• Don’t we often times want to be regaled, amused, wowed and astonished?
• Don’t we move from Church to Church, man of God to man of God today seeking signs and wonders whilst out-rightly rejecting both the message of Christ and his messengers?
• Jesus addresses us today: I am no magician; I don’t work wonders to get people wowed and astonished; I WORK MIRACLES TO SAVE, DRAW HUMANITY CLOSER TO MY FATHER, OCCASION CONVERSION AND FAITH.
Dear friends in Christ, we may want to look carefully at the two historical figures chosen by Jesus to drive home his message to the crowds – JONAH and the QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (SHEBA). JONAH was a Jewish prophet who preached repentance to the Ninevites who were GENTILES (Jonah 1-4). The Queen of Sheba was a GENTILE who came seeking out Solomon whom God blessed with wisdom (2Chron. 9:1-12). Gentiles were looked down upon by the Jews, they were considered misfits for anything worthy talk more of God’s kingdom. Yet, when Jonah preached to them once, they heard, understood, believed and repented. The Gentile Queen heard of the God-given wisdom of Solomon from a distant nation, she drew nearer; she came seeking God. Now, the Jews had patriarchs, leaders, judges, prophets, Kings and finally God – Jesus himself preaching and working wonders in their sight; they yet remained unrepentant and terribly sinful.
Back to our Generation – How many times, seasons or say, years have we been preached to? MANY OF US ARE OLD IN CHRISTIANITY AS WE ARE OLD ON EARTH for we were baptized as infants. Meaning, we have had contact with Jesus for the most part of our lives. Sadly though, MANY OF US ARE VERY OLD IN SIN AS WE ARE OLD IN THE WORLD? We are like the Jews who found it difficult to accept God’s word and his Son. Jesus came as: God in bodily form, God manifest in flesh; he was in every sense a walking miracle to the Jews, greater than Jonah who converted the Ninevites and Solomon who wowed the Gentile Queen. Of course they rejected him and stayed recalcitrant. Today too, we have Jesus in our midst. We have him who descended from David in flesh, Son of God in power according to the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:3-4). We always receive him in the Eucharist, he is preached to us and he is with us as Emmanuel seeing us through life and its accompanying huddles? Have we repented, accepted and lived as he’d have us live?
Today therefore, friends in the Lord is a call to hearken to God’s word and accept his Son. It is a call to go dramatic as the Ninevites did when Jonah preached to them. It is a call to draw nearer to Jesus as the Queen of Sheba did when she heard of Solomon’s wisdom. To you all then, who are God’s beloved children reading this, CALLED TO BE SAINTS, may God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send grace and peace (Rom. 1:7). Amen.
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