HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: Blessed is the womb that carried you. Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*ABOUT OUR FIRST READING*
Paul says something very striking in today’s first reading. He declares that baptism into Christ has collapsed some of the distinctions that were so evident in the ancient world, the distinction between Jew and pagan, between slave and free, and between male and female. He declares that through baptism, we are all one in Christ Jesus. Regardless of our state in live, in virtue of our baptism and our faith, we are all equally sons and daughters of God and brothers and sisters of Christ and of one another in Christ. What Paul writes would have been revolutionary in its time, and it remains a powerful reminder of our fundamental equality and unity in Christ today.
*ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING*
Today’s Gospel reading must be one of the shortest gospels in the Lectionary. Jesus and a woman from the crowd exchange beatitudes. The woman declares blessed the mother of Jesus, the womb that bore him and the breasts he sucked. Jesus, in reply, declares more blessed those who hear the word of God and keep it. Jesus’ mother is of course included among those who hear the word of God and keep it. Indeed, Luke’s gospel, from whom this short gospel reading is taken, portrays Mary as the one supremely heard the word of God and kept it.
Dear brothers and sisters, Blessings come to those who first hear God’s word, then do his will. The word is how we access and understand his will. God’s word comes to us in a variety of ways. In the sacraments, especially the Mass, we hear Scripture passages and prayers that are taken directly from Scripture. We also hear the priest’s homily, which can help God’s word come alive and allow us to consider how to apply it to our lives. We can hear God’s word when we read Scripture privately and in prayer. God’s word can also come to us through the words of other godly people. We can hear and recognize God’s voice in all of these ways. What is God saying to me today?
*LET US PRAY*
Jesus, how beautiful is your word, and how wonderful is your will. I am sorry for when my ears have been closed to your word, or my heart has been closed to doing your will. Thank you for always calling me to love and serve you more fruitfully. Amen.