HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
THEME: “HAPPY THE PEACEMAKERS: THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD”
BY: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu.
This is the 4th Sunday in ordinary time (Year A). Peacemaking is extolled by God . A peacemaker is a humble person. Such a person is not timid and never warlike. A peacemaker is always peaceful, calm, attractive and admirable. A peacemaker is patient, peace-loving and kind. Everyone feels welcome and loved by the peacemaker. For this reason the peacemaker is humble of heart and at peace with God and those around. The peacemaker is happily filled with wisdom and prays for the good of everyone. Above all, the peacemaker is poor in spirit and fears God. In short, the peacemakers are addressed as the sons/daughters of God (Matt. 5:1-12).
One who makes peace obeys the commandments of God, seeks integrity and humility, and finds shelter in the presence of God (cf. Zeph.2:3; 3:12-13). A person who is determined to make peace will be filled with joy of accomplishing a great task. Such people who make peace are needed in our society today where politics is causing division and marginalization. It is the task of every child of God to make peace. St. Francis prayed asking God to make him the instrument of peace. We too, should pray to be used by God to make peace in our world today.
The problem we have is that we are looking for higher positions. We forgot our past and even our humble backgrounds. Paul reminds us of this as follows: “Take yourselves, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families?” (1Cor. 1:26-31). To shame the Wise and strong people, God chose what is foolish and weak. Thus, the stone rejected by the builders has always become the key stone. Therefore, let us build a peaceful society by allowing God’s grace to guide us in our political decisions. We need peace in every part of the globe. May God bless us with leaders who love peace and are committed to peace-making, amen. Happy Sunday.
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