Homily for Thursday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: SHUN EVIL: COME TO GOD
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Thursday October 10 2019
READINGS: MALACHI 3:13-4:2a, PSALM 1:, LUKE 11:5-13
√•Reward awaits the good and faithful children of God
√•Retribution is pending for those who are evil and disobedient
The opening verses of Psalm 1 (1-3) states: “Happy those who reject the counsel of evil men, who follow not the example of sinners…Instead they find joy in obeying God’s law. They shall be like trees planted by ever flowing rivers, bearing fruit as at when due and whose leaves never dry up. Indeed they succeed in all they do.” As I welcome us to this day made and gifted us by God, may I invite us to stand with God always so as to enjoy the benefits accruing from serving him. Let me pray also that all of us who do God’s bidding and despise sin should grow ever green and succeed in all we do. Amen and amen.
Are we often attracted to the glories of the wicked and evil? Are we gradually getting tired of leading righteous and virtuous lives given that the arrogant and wicked seem blessed, evil doers prosper and according to Psalm 73:12, they have plenty and keep getting more? Are we often tempted to go dubious and evil so that we may wallow in riches, fame, glory and enjoy the pleasures of this world? Before we do that we may want to listen to the prophecy of Malachi 4:1 “The Lord Almighty says, the day is coming when all the proud and evil people will burn like straw. On that day, they will burn up and there will be nothing left of them”. That is not all, the Psalmist (37:20) says “The wicked will perish, they will vanish like wild flowers and disappear like smoke”. Today therefore is a call to close our eyes to evil, stay with God always, even through the storms and hurricanes of our lives.
Beloved in Christ, “Be patient and wait for the Lord to act; do not be worried about those who prosper or those who succeed in evil scheming” (Ps. 37:21). I charge us never to give into worry or anger, for the result is definitely trouble. May I encourage us to repose our trust in God always, fear him and remain blessed. For in the end, on those who fear God, the sun of righteousness rises with healing as an accompaniment (Mal. 4:2). Patience and perseverance pays off necessarily. Be patient with your God as you pray to be promoted; be patient with him as you look for a suitable spouse. Be patient but stubbornly prayerful with God as your requests is yet to be granted. In human words may I charge us to ‘WORRY’ God relentlessly until he grants us our heart desires.
Why waste your time admiring the prosperity of the wicked when you should be busy ASKING God so you could receive, SEEKING his blessings so you could find them firsthand and KNOCKING on his door continuously so he could open up clean and gainful ways for you? Our God knows what is good for us and he’ll give each of us when the time is due. Wait for him in constant prayer and never be distracted by the mundane riches of the wicked which have one end – DAMNATION. Indeed, come what may, I exhort you my dear friends to avoid evil but approach God for all our needs. As you do that, may my God supply all your needs according to his riches in glory (Phil. 4:19). Amen.
FEED ONE AND EDUCATE ANOTHER
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE AFTER ALL…
PRAY, STUDY, WORK AND WAIT…