HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE TWENTY- SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
THEME OF THE HOMILY: For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him.
READINGS OF THE DAY
LITURGICAL COLOUR: GREEN
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Thursday of week 27 in Ordinary Time, Year A
ABOUT OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard of the Lord’s words to His people, reminding all of them how He has always been patient and kind towards them, and how He has always cared for them and loved them despite their many and repeated transgressions. And yet, we also heard how the people were ignorant of their transgressions, wickedness and sins, and hence, they continued to sin against Him. There were of course those who have listened to the Lord and heeded His words, and then returned back to the Lord, being repentant over their sins. The Lord then highlighted to all of the people how the righteous and just would be vindicated, blessed and receive the fullness of God’s grace, inheritance and love, while the wicked would perish by their sins and evils.
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ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING
In the gospel reading this morning, Jesus encourages us to keep on asking God, to keep on seeking from God, to keep on knocking on God’s door, in the assurance that God will not ultimately disappoint us. Jesus also directs us towards what we need to be asking God for, what we need to be seeking from God and knocking on God’s door to obtain, and that is the Holy Spirit. ‘If you, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?’ Just a few verses before our gospel reading, Luke had described Jesus as ‘filled with joy by the Holy Spirit’. The same Holy Spirit that filled the life of Jesus will be given to us if we keep asking God for it.
The words of Jesus in this morning’s gospel reading suggest that each of us can have our own Pentecost experience if we ask for it and seek it. Indeed, we need such a Pentecost experience, not just once but throughout our lives. That is why Jesus calls on us to keep on asking for the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is a prayer that God will certainly answer because we need the Holy Spirit if God’s purpose for our lives is to come to pass. It is the Spirit who unites us to Jesus and to God the Father and, thereby, empowers us to live as God desires us to live and to love others as God loves us.
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