HOMILY FOR SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY.
THEME: Jesus comes not to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard prophet Isaiah speaking to the people of God about how if they were to stop committing sins and wickedness in their lives, distancing themselves from the many actions they had done in the past which were unworthy of their status as God’s chosen people. Historically and contextually, the prophet Isaiah made this comment and reminder to the people of God during a time when the people had been facing a lot of hardships and trials, difficulties, challenges and troubles.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we heard the calling of Levi the tax collector. This Levi as we all should know, would become St. Matthew, one of the Twelve Apostles and the Four Evangelists. Back then, the tax collectors were greatly hated and reviled by most of the society, and especially by the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law, who deemed them as biggest sinners, wicked and greedy, and even as traitors to the Jewish nation, as their roles in collecting taxes and money for the rulers of the land, made them complicit in the minds of the people in betraying their own people to these rulers and conquerers. They were therefore often hated and rejected, and despised by much of the community of the people of God.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, as we continue to progress through this season of Lent, let us all therefore reflect and discern carefully on our lives so that we may learn to walk down the right path in life, and journey well in faith. May all of us continue to live our lives with renewed zeal and dedication to God, keeping in mind what we do and say, so that we do not end up walking down the path of sin and wickedness. Let us remind ourselves that sin and disobedience against God will lead us down the path of ruin, while obeying God and persevering in faith in Him will lead us to true justification and happiness with God.
May God continue to bless us always as we say yes to His calling.
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