HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST JOSEPHINE BAKHITA.
THEME: Our breath isn’t ours!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
Gen.2:4-9,15-17; Mark 7:14-23
Today I think about St Josephine Bakhita, the Sudanese African girl, who was sold into slavery at the tender age of eight, and resold many times after that in the slave market. She died in 1947, as a Canossian Daughter of Charity. Hmmm! I think about this woman and I wonder how she found God and became a nun eventually. But you see friends, it’s never about what goes into a person. It’s more about what comes out of them.
Bakhita had the most gruesome childhood we can imagine. But she didn’t make a decision to become cold, selfish, unforgiving and heartless. She would have been justified to be all of these things. But she realised that her life wasn’t truly hers after all. She chose to forgive and live a life of love. Friends, do we realise that our breath is actually God’s breath in us? We may have had the most negative experiences, but in the end, what matters is what we choose to make of them; it’s more about how much good we can produce. Let’s saturate the world with God’s breath in us. Are you with me?
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead. St. Bakhita, pray for us!
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