Homily for Monday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Year II
Theme: Watch what you say and how you appreciate the other lest you annoy the Holy Spirit.
By: Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Monday January 27 2020
READINGS: 2 Samuel 5: 1-7, 10, Ps. 89, Mark 3: 22-30
It is said that no man is an island meaning that no one lives, eats and dies alone. We live in a community of humans and each affect the other in good or bad ways. As we live with each other we have opinions about each person we encounter. It is also the truth that each person in the community of humans has a way of behaviour and a destiny to fulfil. We all have our parts to play and contributions to make. We are individually gifted and are to work according to our gifts and divine plans about us. These facts we must acknowledge and respect.
In the first reading, the personality of David is brought to focus. We knew him to be a man rejected and seen as nobody in his family even by his father Jesse. Yet God chose him and elevated him so high and made a pronouncement saying: I have chosen David my servant and even if he sin against me, I shall punish him but I shall not severe my covenant with him or reject him. He was secretly anointed by Samuel before his family members and this was not to the knowledge of the people of Israel. David later started ruling as a king. This was not including all the tribes of Israel. David was at Hebron and the Spirit of the Lord spoke to the elders of the tribes and made David amiable to them. The people of Israel had a good spirit that was working according to the will of God in the case of David. They came and spoke well of him and testified to his goodness. The remembered his saving act and victory over Goliath their greatest terror. They never forgot this wonderful deed of the past but used today to acknowledge and to appreciate him. For them one good turn deserves another; this is what people of good minds do. They never played politics of tribe, or kin and favouritism. Truth and objectivity guided them. They remembered that the Lord made him shepherd over them and they understood his mission and vocation among them as a king. Today they all gathered and spoke in unison that he should be their king in all the tribes of Israel. They anointed him king over them.
Beloved, it is important to speak to our conscience here in our politicking both in the Church and the larger civil society. Do we recognise and appreciate the good people around and among us that God used to bless us? Do we remember their good deeds of the past and pay them back with the right coin? How do we select our leaders especially in democratic setting? Because they made a good choice that corresponded with the divine choice for them, David ruled them for many fruitful and blessed years.
Beloved, the situation of the gospel and the attitude of the people towards Jesus took a different turn. They saw nothing good about Jesus but painted him black. He was associated with the devil and evil forces. All the good he did amongst them and for them were never remembered and they never accorded him any useful recognition fitting to his personality in recognition of the divine mandate and mission of Christ. This attitude of hiding the truth and choosing the way of lie against the good man and blasphemy fetched them the anger of God and condemnation of the Holy Spirit: “… whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is guilty of eternal sin” Many of us who have the habit of speaking ill against God’s anointed or his righteous ones in our midst do so at our own detriment ant to our own condemnation. Many have received eternal condemnation from the way they speak and condemn the innocent among us. Many of us forget easily the good deeds of people and pay them back with evil. In all these, the Lord has the final judgment and reward or punishment to give. We must be careful of how we speak about others and how we appreciate them and their divine mandate and will of God in their life.
Beloved, let us pray that our attitude would make us a good choice of God so that he can speak of us like he did about David: my mercy and faithfulness shall be with him; I have found my servant and with my holy oil anointed him. May the mercy and faithfulness of the Lord be upon us and may God’s might be exalted in us, Amen.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf