HOMILY FOR THE 22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.
THEME: Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 28 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear Friends in Christ, today we celebrate the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time of Year C.
*ABOUT OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard from the Book of the prophet Sirach, on the matter of humility before God and how the faithful should act and behave in this world, with humility and obedience to God, and not to be filled with ambition or self-aggrandising attitudes. As Christians, all of us are challenged to put aside the temptations of greed and pride, of the many allures of worldly pleasures, power, glory, fame and human praises.
*ABOUT OUR SECOND READING*
In our second reading today, from the letter to the Hebrews, we heard that all of us have been called to come into the presence of God Most High, Who through His Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, have formed a New Covenant with us mankind, with Christ as the Mediator of this New Covenant. It is by God’s grace that we have received His pardon, His mercy, His compassionate love and care. It is through the works of His Son, that by His suffering and death on the Cross, by which we mankind have been made partakers.
*ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING*
In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches to us a parabolic teaching about those who chose the high place at table when they are invited to a wedding banquet. They should not act as though they are the most important persons in the wedding hall; least they lost their chosen seats to more distinguished guests. To be asked to leave the place is very embarrassing.
The Lord highlighted that we should not do such things, and should not seek the pride of honour, desire renown and compete for prestige and honour with each other, or indulge on our status, our privileges and other things which can lead us down the slippery path into sin and damnation.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE LITURGY OF TODAY?*
Jesus offered what appears to be very sagacious human advice. It is as though he was suggesting a strategy for making sure we get places of honor. But underlying his words is an important instruction for us. Every time we attend Mass, we are guests at the wedding banquet. The Eucharist is the foretaste of the eternal wedding feast to come in Heaven. Do we come forward for Communion as though it is our right? Or do we approach with gratitude, reverence, and humility, aware that we are special guests invited to partake of this great gift, Our Lord, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
May all of us distance ourselves from the dangerous temptations of pride and greed, excise from us that pride and greed, that ego and ambition, and instead, serve the Lord humbly at all times, and do our best to glorify God by our lives at each and every opportunities.
Have a Blessed Sunday!