Homily for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: Unity, Co-operation and persistence in spiritual matters do the miracle.
By: Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Sunday October 20 2019
READINGS: Exodus 17: 8-13, Ps. 121, 2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 2, Luke 18: 1-8
It is often said that no one is an island and the world is not created for the habitation of one person and the goods of the world cannot be enjoyed by one person. The blessings that God left in the universe are to be harnessed by united efforts of fellow humans in one heart and mind.
Beloved, both the first reading and the gospel talked about man’s need of help from the Almighty which is all about prayer. The first reading tells us about the unity of purpose of mind and heart. The war between Israel and Amalek as a holy war needed human cooperation with God. Joshua was divinely ordained to captain the war; soldiers were to fight in the battle field while Moses was to connect them with God with the rod of God in his hand. There were others who were supposed to support and assist Moses. This is a typical situation that demands unity of purpose, togetherness of mind and heart and co-operation of all. Without each person playing his part victory would not be achieved for no one can do the work alone. When Moses was lifting the rod of God alone his hand became heavy a burden he could not sustain for long. Whenever he brings it down, defeat came to the house of Israel not just to Moses.
Beloved, there is always a need to support one another so that victory would be achieved. Any community that lacks initiatives and men of vision with wisdom is destined to ruin. We must always have people like Hur and Aaron and others to bring the best alternative for victory. They gave him stones to sit on and held his heavy hands to lessen his burden for the victory of all. This unity and cooperation brought them victory.
Another important aspect of our spiritual life of prayer is persistence. This is what Jesus thought in the gospel today in the story of the Judge who has the highest power of decision and the widow who represents the needy people who have no other hope. The Judge here signifies the God who has the power alone to himself to dispense justice and mercy. He may delay and show some seeming lack of interest in our affairs but in such situations, your faith is called to act and put to the test. Here patience and persistence are expected. Anger, temper, faint-heartedness, and weariness, boredom and despair would seem to raise their heads and look like the best options to choose from. In this situation faith, firmness of heart, resoluteness and hope would be needed to do the miracle.
Beloved, we must pray in season and out of season without losing hope or getting tired. Last two Sundays the prophet Habakkuk said that it may delay but surely it will come. This must be the faith of every Christian in our dealings with God. Most often we lose our common, community, Church and family battle because we lack spiritual unity and cooperation. We also lose when we are not patient with God and wane and despair easily. We must according to St Paul keep to the instruction of the sacred writing. Use it to instruct and learn wisdom and receive miraculous answer from God.
May we learn to lift up our hearts always to God who is the mountain of our faith from where comes our help. May God never allow us to stumble since he does not sleep or slumber. May He be our guide and help so that He may guide our going and coming not allowing the sun of this life to smite us, Amen.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf