Homily for Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: Personal relationship with Christ
By: Fr. Francis Onwunali
Homily for Thursday August 27 2020
MEMORIAL OF ST. MONICA
In our Liturgy today, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Monica (333-387). St. Monica was born in Tagaste, Northern Africa and died in Ostia, near Rome. Monica was a Christian, but her husband Patricius was a pagan and a man of loose morals. Monica’s virtue and prayers, however, converted him, and he was baptized a year before his death. When her son, Augustine joined the Manichean sect and went astray in faith and morals, Monica’s tears and prayers for her son were incessant. She followed him to Milan, where Augustine went to teach, and there continued to storm heaven with her prayers for her son. Finally, she had the joy of witnessing St. Ambrose baptize Augustine in 387. She died in Ostia, as she and her son gazed at the sea and discussed about the joy of the blessed.
In the first reading of today (1 Cor 1: 1-9), Paul at the beginning of his letter to the Corinthian faithful reminds them of their privilaged position of been chosen to fellowship with Christ. While they await the second coming of our Lord Jesus, Paul encourages them to go on living their lives with the gifts of the Spirit they have received, so that, “He will keep you steady and without blame until the last day.” This same call is been made of us today.
Jesus, in the gospel (Matt 24: 42-51) reiterates Paul’s admonition on His second coming and instructs His disciple with the parable of the thief and unfaithful servant, to be ready and not to be taken unawares when He eventually comes.
Dear friends, the evil one is always seeking for a way to deny us of the most precious gift God has given to us. That gift is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who unreservedly gave us Himself for our salvation. It is of utmost necessity to be watchful and on guard to avert the danger of being robbed of this relationship. “God’s judgment is good news for those who are ready to meet Him!”
I pray as we journey in life today, we will open up ourselves for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in wisdom and strength, to turn away from sin and embrace God’s love, justice and holiness of life. May St. Monica intercede for us as she did for her son, St. Augustine. May we declare with our lives, the splendour of God’s glory (Ps. 145: 5). Have a vigilant-full day!
Fr. Francis Onwunali