HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST. POPE JOHN PAUL II
THEME: Repent or perish!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 2022
Eph.4:7-16; Ps.120; Luke 13:1-9
There are times when the gospel message comes across very harshly. Today’s gospel reading is one of such. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that bad occurrences do not necessarily happen to greater sinners. But when we’re too buried in sin, refusing to change our ways, then we can be sure that we shall perish. Years ago, I read on a friend’s WhatsApp status: “to whom brain is given, sense is expected…”
Friends, in today’s first reading, St Paul reminds us that God has given us graces; which we must use in service of Him and neighbour as we strive daily to build up His Church. St. Pope John Paul II is our example in this regard. There was hardly anyone he didn’t touch when he was alive. Many of us remember him as the Pope of our childhood. John Paul II, made 104 foreign trips during his 27-year pontificate, travelling the world and “looking for his people.” He showed all through his life that a shepherd is close to his people. He was not a mere administrator, or a hierarch. Little wonder that millions of people from all works of life trooped in to witness his funeral.
Good morning dear. God bless your weekend. Pope St. John Paul II, pray for us.