THEME: We are called to let off the Hunger, by Forgiving and forgetting.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR THURSDAY JUNE 9 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 Kings 18:41-46
Dear brethren, in today’s gospel Jesus teaches us not to get angry. He is telling us that we have to forgive. If we hold grudges and fail to forgive, He teaches that we will become slaves of sin. We must be forgiving and merciful because God has forgiven us. He calls us to extend mercy and forgiveness towards those who cause us harm and grief.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM LITURGICAL READINGS OF TODAY?*
Today in a special way, we learn that, seeking to forgive and reconcile, as Jesus suggests, is key to healing from old wounds. When we choose to forgive others from our hearts, we can find true peace. In fact, through actively forgiving, we lay claim to peace. We take back what was lost, and we are restored. Anger often dissolves or melts when we choose to forgive. It is important to note that reconciliation and forgiveness are related, yet different actions. Forgiveness can be a one-way street; it takes only one person to forgive another. Reconciliation takes two people who are willing to forgive and work past hurts to rebuild a relationship. It is helpful to remember that we can never control what others think or do; we can control only ourselves. When reconciliation seems impossible, we must remember that nothing is impossible for God.
*LET US PRAY*
My Jesus, I praise and thank you because you know me and love me, no matter what. When I am stuck in an unhealthy pattern of thought or behavior, whatever it may be, I believe that you are there to help me. I am sorry for the times when I have expressed my anger in a sinful way. Please heal any wounds that cause patterns of sinfulness in me. Bless me with your grace and help me to know you and serve you obediently.
In your mercy Lord, hear our humble prayers!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA