Homily for Thursday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: GOD IS BY US
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Thursday October 31 2019
READINGS: ROMANS 8:31-39, PSALM 109, LUKE 13:31-35
The prophecy of Isaiah 43:1-5 captures nicely God’s desire that his children stay fearless and dependent on him come what may. It calls God’s children not to be afraid in the direst of situations because He is always with them. Paul writing to Timothy exhorts us to remember how God gave us a spirit of Power and love and self control as against the spirit of cowardice (2Tim. 1:7). Our liturgy of the world challenge us to fearlessness and courage in the face of authorities or principalities. Jesus being convinced of his mission was not afraid of Herod who sought his head (Lk. 13:31-35)
Friends in Christ, to the Jews, the fox was the slyest (cunning and deceitful) animal, it was also the most destructive of animals and was used to describe a worthless and insignificant person. It takes a brave heart to call a reigning king a fox as Jesus did; he so did because he took his orders from God alone and would give his life to keep same orders. And standing by the truth as received from his Father, he was not afraid of an earthly king. Friends in Christ; how many of us today would rather compromise our faith out of fear of some human power or authority? Also, we see Jesus lamenting over Jerusalem in Luke 13:31-35, he had come with offers of love but was spurned and sought after to be killed; nothing hurts more than this. It is life’s bitterest tragedy to give one’s heart to someone only to have it broken; it happened to Christ and can still happen to us. We may do well not reject God’s love; doing so will only earn us a spot to peril in his wrath. How many of us have earned ourselves a spot in God’s wrath? It is never too late to opt out so long as life endures.
With God by us:
• No power or force can be against us
• We cannot be accused or cursed
• Our prayers will not go unanswered
• We won’t be condemned
• We won’t be separated from divinity
• God will always be our defense, rescuer and saviour
Draw God closer to you today through acts of righteousness and virtue.
May we pray for courage to stand our adversaries; may we God to stand by us in all we do now and always, Amen.
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