HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT.
THEME: IN CHRIST, YOU ARE IRREVERSIBLY BLESSED.
BY: Fr. Karabari Paul.
‘He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.’
The Israelites conquered the Promised Land and took possession of it, one town and one city at a time. As they approached Moab, one of its princes named Balak hired a prophet named Balaam to pronounce a curse upon the advancing Israeli armies. Standing on a mountain overlooking the camp of Israel, Balak expected curses to come pouring out of Balaam’s mouth. But instead, came blessings. When he asked Balaam why, he replied: ‘I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it. He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. The Lord his God is with him’ (23: 20-21).https://www.homilyhub.com/homily-for-monday-of-the-3rd-week-of-advent-1-2/
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In the passage of today (Number 24:2-7,15-17), Balaam prophesized the greatness of Israel: “Like valleys that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the Lord has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters. Waters shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.” Surprisingly, those are the words of a man hired to curse the people of Israel.
Once God is with you, nobody can curse you. Christ has redeemed us from every curse. All those who labour so hard to pull you down will experience confusion in their camp. They shall labour in vain. Every plan meant to cause your failure shall bring about your victory.
When the Israelites set up camp each night, their tents formed the shape of a big cross; picture the tents of eight tribes running vertically, and four tribes running horizontally. Getting the picture? As a redeemed child of God, that is how your heavenly Father sees you. So the word for you today is: because God sees you in Christ, you are irreversibly blessed. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God have mercy on us, heal our world and land, bless and protect us all through Christ Our Lord Amen. Please, pray for me today. Good morning
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