Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent Year A
Theme: The Power of God
By: Fr Emmanuel Nwokeji.
Homily for Sunday March 22 2020
Traditionally, we call today Laetare Sunday. Refreshing Sunday that gives more momentum to finish whatever the Lenten period has called us to do.
The Gospel John 9:1-41 and 1Sam.16:1,6-7,10-13 remind us the Demonstration of what God can do.
When God appeared to us in the person of Jesus of history, we understood him as Christ of faith via Luke 4:18-19, the Spirit of the God is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He sent me to proclaimed release to the captives and the recovery of the SIGHT to the blinds, … Today’s miracle (healing of a blind man by birth) is pointing to the sign, fulfilment and demonstration of the power of God. No condition is permanent and every condition must be seen as a chance to prove the glory of God. Also, any kind of suffering is am opportunity to demonstrate the glory of God in our lives.
The Pharisees who doubted the power of Jesus and reason for healing on Sabbath day are typical of people in every generation who condemn anyone whose idea of religion is not theirs. They thought that theirs was the only way of serving God. But some thought otherwise and declared that no one who did the things Jesus did could be a sinner.
Therefore the Spirit of God is fully in Christ.
Saul who was the first king of Israel, who both God and God’s people had very high hopes of him was rejected as result of arrogating lots of power to himself and disobeyed the directives from God. Thus he lost the Spirit of God.
The demise of Saul’s kingship and the selection cum preparation of David for kingship demonstrated the power of God to reject and select. God’s rejection comes as result of man ordering things according to human desires than according to the counsel of God’s own will.
God looks not only on outward appearance or physical positive attributes before selection but at the heart. The life of every man reflects his heart. David was selected because the heart of submission to God’s will and forgiving spirit which reflected throughout his life.
“The Spirit of God came upon David” after being selected and anointed. This Spirit relates to empowerment for some God given task. The operation of the Spirit in this case is not for regeneration but empowerment to perform role in God’s program for the Israel.
Psalm 51:11 says “Do not take the Holy Spirit from me”. As we seek the mind of God always, may our mistakes or failings never take away our Holy Spirit away from us. May the Spirit of God remained in us to perform our roles for God, through the church and humanity.
Happy Laetare Sunday!
Fr Emmanuel Nwokeji.