HOMILY FOR THE 13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C
THEME: Discipleship: We are Free People, Not Robots
BY: Fr Anthony C Ohaekwusi
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY JUNE 26 2022
One of the main features of modern technology is the consent clause. Before closing a document on the computer, the consent clause says: “Do you want to save changes to this document?” and gives three options. To delete a photo from the device, the user is asked: “Are you sure you want to delete this?” To send money through mobile banking, the user would have to go through several consent processes, even to the point of having to answer the question, “Are you sure you’re the one doing this?” To buy a ticket online, the user is often expected to check the consent box after a very long terms and conditions clause. Sometimes you may have to prove that you are not a robot. These steps are taken to make sure that what we are doing is our choice and that our freedom is not taken away in doing so. However, we often check these boxes without carefully reading the terms and conditions.
It is worth noting that most of our engagements do not carry the full imprint of our commitment. Sometimes we may carry with us the baggage of our past experiences, like a hangover. But can we buy a ticket to one event and use it for another? I once saw a young man who regretted missing his train after getting off several times to give his lover one last kiss before departing. When he tried to get back on the train, the doors were already closing and the train was leaving the platform. To make matters worse, his luggage was on that train.
Our option for God should always be free and total. Because, God does not take away our choices, even if we use them against Him. When He calls us, He gives us free choice so that we will not regret or blame ourselves when we choose to follow Him. Therefore, He makes clear His demands, because He might not offer us comforts, riches, pleasures or fun, but happiness and fulfilment, which is ultimate. God sets His conditions for us that may require giving up some old, familiar ways and falling out of favour with the people we love. He doesn’t want us to check a box without knowing the details. He wants us to love in a free and true way. For if you want to follow God, you must be willing to change.
Remain lifted and do have a great Sunday
Fr Anthony C Ohaekwusi