Homily for Saturday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Well trained children are pride of parents and the family
By: Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Saturday October 12 2019
READINGS: Joel 4: 12-21, 97, Luke 11: 27-28
The family is the beginning of the larger society and the microcosm of the Church. It is in the family we see the image of the Church and little wonder then the first Synod of Africa called the Church the Family of God. It is the family that produces the components of the Church and the social society. The image of the family is then reflected in the Church and Society. When the family is well positioned and well trained, it produces for the Church and society responsible citizens and members. In such case those good families become the envy of the people and all look unto them. This is what played itself in the gospel of today.
Jesus was addressing a people who were enwrapped and consumed by the wisdom that comes from him and were wondering who nurtured this child and the family he comes from. He was different from the children of his age and distinguished himself from his peers. He was an icon of the people and a genius in its entire ramification. This was marvelling the people as they wished to know which family that brought him up. They imagined who infused that enviable life and attitude in him and would like to see and admire such a family. That family must be special and wonderful. Just as they were having these thoughts, the humanly insignificant and common mother of Jesus came in search of the child that his continuous absence and not knowing his whereabouts worried them.
Ordinarily Jesus was to be scolded and perhaps beaten up grievously. As Mary was in troubled mind the people who were encountering Jesus were in a happy mood; what a complexity and irreconcilable situation. It looks as if some quarter were not appreciative or conscious of what they have in Jesus while another quarter saw in him a marvellous person highly appreciable. This made a woman who wished that Jesus was her son speaks to Mary thus: Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breast that you sucked. This is partly the prophetic utterance of Elizabeth at the instance of Mary’s post-conception visit to her at her sixth month of miraculous conception of John: You are blessed among all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Beloved in Christ, when a child is well prepared for a good life journey by the type of training the family gives him/her, that child becomes the envy of all that love good things. These give a sense of pride and joy to the family that after all their work, time and resources were not wasted. This child becomes a blessing for the family, a mascot and good name to boast of. There is no family that would not be happy when their child is doing well and ranks higher than her/his peers and competitors. In another vein, some families whom God has blessed with good children even without their making (but good natured) most often do not appreciate what they have but continuously complain and see only bad in them while being blind to the goodness inherent in them.
Beloved, this scriptural periscope of today should challenge us to consider the biblical wise instruction and immutable truth that: Train a child well/ show the child a good path and when he grows he will not depart from it. Parents and families are challenged as well as advised to spend their resources, talents and time to give their children informed, quality and invaluable training. A situation that is rampant today where parents pursue money and fame outside without having time to be with their children and train them is unfortunate. Children are not to be left alone to maids, teachers and peers to train. When we all do it well, a new good and wonderful generation would evolve and the Church and society would be transformed. May God give us the grace to value the family greatly as a special gift of God and great divine assignment to perform creditably, Amen.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf