Homily for Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: PERMANENT DELIVERANCE
By: Rev Fr Joseph Nyarko Asare
Homily for Thursday August 29 2019
MARTYRDOM OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
Jeremiah 1:17-19/Psalm 71:1-6,15,17/Mark 6:17-29
We experience interventions of grace in our lives and those of our dear ones. God is a deliverer and a true freedom giver. One thing we must note is that, although Jesus cares for our current life situation, His ultimate aim is to grant us permanent deliverance. Once we are permanently delivered, we will no more be in need of deliverance for our freedom would be indestructible.
Jeremiah and John experienced true and permanent deliverance, though both suffered cruel death. Freedom after death is the meaning of permanent deliverance. Jeremiah was stoned in Egypt by his own people for speaking against their sinful lives. Herod beheaded John for speaking the truth and condemning the evil deeds of Herod.
We obtain permanent deliverance when we follow Jesus, the Truth, and live in accordance to His will. Humanity will hate us and seek our destruction, but they would be, actually, leading us to complete freedom. Like John the Baptist, let us remain truth seekers and speakers for only the Truth sets free. May we never be afraid of those who can never destroy our souls in hell.
~For the courage to be truthful, even at the point of death
~That we will be promoters of the values of God
~For the conversion of all evil doers