Homily for Thursday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II (3)

Homily for Thursday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II

Theme: Watch your influencers!

By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)

Homily for Thursday February 10 2022


(St Scholastica, Virgin).

1 Kings 11:4-13; Psalm 105 (106):3-4,35-37,40; Mark 7:24-30

Life throws people at us; some good, some not so good, and some outrightly bad. In today’s first reading, we’re told that Solomon, with all his wisdom, got his heart turned away from the worship of the one true God, to the worship of false gods, by his wives. This was possible because he ignored God’s word. The consequence of this was that Solomon had his kingdom torn away from him. When we gather the wrong people around us, our fall will only be a matter of time.

However, the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel reading, whose daughter was tormented by an unclean spirit, teaches us a lot. When Jesus tried to make her understand that children (Jews) had to be attended to first before the house dogs (Gentiles), her response showed that she was a woman of great courage, humility and faith. Friends, this brings to mind another woman of great character and faith, St. Scholastica, twin sister of St Benedict. Dedicated to God from an early age, she was greatly influenced by her brother St Benedict, and she raised a storm on one occasion just so that he might stay the night with her, as the end of her life drew near. May we too aim to be positive influencers of our world by God’s grace, Amen.

Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead. St Scholastica, pray for us!

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