HOMILY FOR THE 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.
THEME: Our call is to always be faithful to the convenant that God has made with us through His love for humanity.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 7 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear brothers and sisters, today we celebrate the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year C. We are reminded today in a special way that, we have the responsibilities and obligations entrusted to us, as servants and stewards of God’s creations, this world and all within it.
*ABOUT THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, taken from the Book of Wisdom, we heard how people believed in the Lord and obeyed His instructions for the first Passover, slaughtering the unblemished young lambs and painting the doorposts of their houses with the blood of the lambs, and having the Passover meal together as families and a community, a mark of sanctification and also a symbol of how God had chosen and kept apart His people, as a chosen race and people called to holiness with God and in God’s path. They were the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and therefore were the inheritors of the Covenant which God.
*ABOUT THE SECOND READING*
In our second reading taken from the letter to the Hebrews. In it we heard the mentioning of Abraham and Sarah, who have followed the Lord from the land of their ancestors, with Abraham entrusting himself completely to the Lord, knowing that the Lord would provide and that He was always faithful to the promises He had made. Abraham and Sarah followed the Lord into a foreign, distant land, and although Abraham was then childless and already relatively old, but he believed in the Lord when He said that Abraham would be the father of many nations.
*ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF TODAY*
In the opening line of today’s gospel reading. Jesus says to his disciples there, ‘There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom’. Jesus speaks of God who finds pleasure in giving us nothing less than the kingdom. What does it mean to say that it has pleased God to give us the kingdom? We might instinctively think of the kingdom as the life of heaven, and that is certainly included in the kingdom that God wants to give us.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE LITURGY OF TODAY?*
Through the Covenant God had made with us, God expects us to be active and committed party to His Covenant, and this involves us doing whatever we can to be the good stewards of this world, of our community and of God’s creation. That is why He had taught us all His Law and commandments, telling, teaching and guiding us on how we ought to be living our lives, so that we can be good role models and sources of inspiration for all those we meet and those who are around us.
May the Lord, our most loving God and Creator, Who has kindly looked upon us, His beloved children, though sinners and disobedient, help us all to find our way back to Him.
May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA