HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE TWENTY- SIXTH WEEK IN ORDINARYTIME, YEAR A
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.
READINGS OF THE DAY
LITURGICAL COLOUR: GREEN
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Thursday of week 26 in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our reading today, we heard of the actions of the priest and prophet Ezra who led the people in the celebration of the Lord’s festival and gathering, as Ezra and Nehemiah assembled all the people of God who have relocated back to their ancestral lands. Ezra and Nehemiah called on the people of God so that they could all be reminded of the Law of God which their ancestors and predecessors had disobeyed and failed to fulfil and obey, which led them to their downfall and destruction.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
In the instructions that Jesus gives to the seventy-two in this morning’s gospel reading, he tells them that regardless of the reception they receive from a particular town, they are to announce, ‘the kingdom of God is very near to you’. If they are made welcome in a town, they are to make that announcement, but even if they are not made welcome, they are still to make that announcement. Jesus is saying that regardless of whether the gospel is well received or badly received, the kingdom of God remains very near to us. In other words, people may differ, but God remains the same. God remains powerfully present, his reign of love is close at hand, regardless of how the message of Jesus is received.
As we heard earlier on, it means that each and every one of us should always strive to live our lives faithfully and with genuine devotion, so that we may indeed be filled with God’s grace and love in all things, and that our lives may be truly exemplary and inspirational in our faith. It is by our actions and examples that we can remind one another, our fellow brothers and sisters around us, of what we need to do in remaining ever faithful and committed to God. We should not only just observe or remember His Law, commandments and teachings externally but we must also be truly genuine in loving the Lord wholeheartedly from the depth of our hearts and minds. We must be truly be faithful, so that by our examples, we may help lead others ever closer to God, His love and mercy.
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