HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I.
THEME: Do not harden your hearts!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
Heb.3:7-14; Mark 1:40-45
Hardness of heart is perhaps the worst thing that can happen to any of us. It’s about getting so used to hearing God’s Word, we’re no longer moved to action, or stirred in spirit. It’s about becoming ‘too familiar’ with spiritual things; it’s stagnation, and worse still, retrogression. The first reading equates hardness of heart with wickedness – it is the lure of sin, as deep as turning away from the living God.
Friends, let’s look at the leper in the gospel reading. He came to Jesus on his knees and said, “if you want to, you can cure me.” Jesus saw his humility and cured him. So, the greater tragedy is not that we’ve become so attached to sin that we’ve become leprous. It is rather that even in our leprosy, we find no reason to humble ourselves and approach God’s throne of mercy in fear and trembling. O that today we would listen to his voice, may our hearts not be hardened, Amen.
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead.
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