HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
THEME: We are All Important
BY: Fr Anthony C. Ohaekwusi.
Each of us has a role to play in life. This role is the light that illuminates our world with goodness. If every pencil of light is noticeable amidst all the shades of darkness, then every good role matters. You wouldn’t know how important someone is in the small role they play until they are gone. Therefore, we should not neglect anyone in this mission to seek a better and brighter world.
A man took his entire family to the farm every day of the farming season. His older sons wondered why their father took everyone to the farm, including the last born, who was about six years old and who, according to them, was not fit for anything on the farm. The father let the little one join them and run around the farm. He often lifted him up to open the farm gate when they came to work. For the grownups it was a distraction, but for the father it was a learning experience. One day the family came to work on the farm and couldn’t enter because they had left their keys at home. There was no other way to enter the farm without the keys. The house was hundreds of kilometres away. As they stood in frustration, the 6-year-old entered the farmhouse through a small hole in the wall at the back and opened the emergency exit to let everyone in. As the adults entered, the father said: “You see? Everyone is important after all.”
In this Sunday’s readings, Jesus invites us to be the bearers of his light, to form together a spectrum that will dispel all the darkness around us. He wants us to know that whether our tools are good, like the net of Peter and Andrew, or faulty, like the net of James and John, He needs us more than our tools. This is because when we rely on our tools, we remain disillusioned fishermen, but when we offer our skills for Him as tools for service, we become productive fishers of men, playing every role to change our world.
As fishers of men, we are therefore called to be considerate rather than discriminating, to collaborate rather than fight. We are called to recognise that we are not alone on this dark road. Therefore, our ray of light should not shine so as to dim the lights of others. Rather, we should shine our light in such a way that others can see with their own light. In this way, we realize that every role we play is part of a spectrum that overwhelms all the darkness in our world. We are all important.
Remain lifted and do have a great Sunday
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