Homily for Monday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Year II
Theme: HUMANITY (MAN/WOMAN) FIRST
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Monday February 3 2020
READINGS: 2SAMUEL 15:13-14.30;16:5-13, PSALM 3, MARK 5:1-20
God has a scale of preference and on this scale, there is nothing as important as a human soul, hence he could give up anything to save it. Today, Jesus calls us to do all we could for the saving of man regardless of whatsoever is involved.
Many of us would be quick to blame Jesus for destroying so large a herd. But if I may ask; ‘Can the fate of the pigs be compared to the fate of a man’s immortal soul?’ God loves everything that his hands made, no doubt; yet when the well-being of man, the highest echelon or zenith of his creatures is involved, he can give up his very best. This goes a long way to explain why he gave his son, the beloved to suffer and die for the remission of the sins of man. Dear friends this is real love in action. The townspeople in our gospel passage asked Jesus to leave their locale; the loss of an entire herd was too big a price to pay. With Jesus, this is not so, no price is too big for to pay for the saving of one soul set to be ruined.
Today we too have situations that demand we make serious sacrifices; sacrifices that hurt. Do we count costs and consider some prices too big to pay or do we like Jesus give up everything to save those threatening situations. As a father/husband and mother/wife, what are you willing to give up to save your family and marriage? As a teacher, what is it you are willing to give up to help guarantee the world’s future (students)? As Church members and citizens of this nation what sacrifices can we possibly make for the growth and support of these entities?
It is so sad a phenomenon seeing animals (cattle for instance) valued above man. It is quite a disturbing truth that some of us hold our material possessions in high esteem over man.
In the wake of the massive kidnappings, killings, man’s inhumanity to fellow man, etc. one cannot but wonder whether man is still the crux of creation. Given the wicked and devious treatment that Landlords, employers, bosses and the likes melt out to those under their charge, one is tempted to ask if really man still remains the measure of all things. Jesus challenges us today: never to despise a living soul, always to care and protect human life, and never to place other created things or beings over and above man! Thank you Jesus.
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