Homily for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Evil thought can not bring a right choice and right action.
By: Fr Emmanuel Nwokeji
Homily for Sunday February 16 2020
Welcome to the 6th Sunday of the year A. (Matt. 5:17-37, Eccl.15:15-20, 1Cor.2:6-10).
Judaism as religion existed before Christianity. Christianity is the offshoot of Judaism. The doctrines and teachings of Judaism dwelled more Mosaic law and prophets. While the doctrines and teachings of Christianity dwelled more on the ethical or moral implications of Judaism.
Ethics is the study of right and wrong in human conduct. Ethics is not interested in what a man does, but what he ought to do which are rights actions and, what he ought not to do which are wrong actions.
Consequently, Christ Jesus in today’s Gospel, episode directs our modus vivendi (mode of life) to ethics of right thoughts that will breed right actions. We are called to live in accordance with Christian ethics. Among the ethics of right actions, we have the following as pointed as by Jesus.
1. Not that you must not kill, but you must avoid anger and hatred.
2. Not that you must not commit adultery, but you must not look at woman or man lustfully.
3. Divorcing a woman must not be on meager reason but on the issue immoral sexuality.
4. You must not swear at all, but let your YES be YES, and your NO be NO. Be trust worthy, if so, no need of swearing before people will believe you.
Every plant grows from a seed or a root. Also every action grows from a thought in the consciousness or subconsciousness. If there is seed or root of anger or hatred in you, plant of murder will germinate in your life. ( Cain and Abel).
If you have the seed of lust in you, plant of adultery will germinate in your life (Solomon and Beersheba).
If you have the seed of falsity or distrust in you, plant if lies will germinate in your life.
Therefore, to move out from old religion and embrace the new religion we must kill the seed or destroy the root of capital sins in our lives.
As we think wonderful and beautiful thoughts, may our internal attitude grow out conducts that are pleasing to God.
Fr Emmanuel Nwokeji prays for you and family.