Homily for Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: Fishers of men
By: Fr. Francis Onwunali
Homily for Thursday September 3 2020
MEMORIAL OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT/ THURSDAY OF 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Today, we celebrate the Memorial of St. Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church. As Pope, he governed the Church from 590-604. England owes her conversion to him, as he sent fellow monks to evanglize England; protected a lot during the babarian invasion of Europe, as well as watching over the holiness of the clergy and preserved ecclesiastical discipline. To him, the liturgy owes several of its finest prayers, and the name “Gregorian chant” recalls this great Pope’s work in the development of the Church’s chant. His commentaries on Holy Scripture exercised a considerable influence on Christian thought, particularly in the middle Ages. Together with St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. Jerome, he is one of the four great doctors of the Latin Church.
In today’s first reading (1 Cor 3: 18-23), Paul cautions the Corinthians on the dependence on human wisdom which is foolishness in the eyes of God. Total dependence on human wisdom can lead to missing the Truth (Who) which comes from God. Since everything belongs to Christ and Christ belongs to God, we must then depend solely on God from whom every good things come.
In the gospel (Luke 5: 1-11), Jesus first preaches from Simon’s boat and then allows him and his fishing companions to catch a load of fish. Jesus uses the miraculous catch to show how others will be caught up in the casting of the net of salvation.
Dear friends, we do not deserve to be blessed with salvation since, like Simon Peter, we are sinners. However, since it has been freely given to us in Christ Jesus, we are to be grateful and must be willing to do whatever we can so that others will also experience this awesome gift of salvation.
I pray as we journey in life today, we will trust not on our ingenuity but on the direction given by the Spirit of God, and like Simon Peter, we will preach the Good News in and out of season. May we like St. Gregory uphold and teach the truth of the Gospel, the Truth that sets free. Have a salvation-full day!
-Fr. Francis Onwunali