Homily for Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Intention for the Day: Prayer that God would give
us the grace to hold us to the values of Christian life even if we would stand alone. Amen.
By: Fr. Cyril Akindele Osadare
Homily for Tuesday, June 25 2019
Readings: Genesis 13:2, 5-18; Matthew 7:6, 12-14
There is a Latin proverb that says that ubi multitudo, ubi peccata. Where there is multitude, there is always evil. It’s not to say having plenty people doing something is bad, but a warning to embrace what is in vogue without checking. Often, what is in vogue is always anti to the Christian way of life. And the crowd doesn't normally care about values.
Jesus was unequivocally clear in the gospel this morning in three basic injunctions related to the same theme. One, don't throw a valuable pearl away on the platter of acceptance. Those you give, if they don't value it, it is going to be destroyed. He went further secondly, to live a special life of being sacrificial and not selfish. Thinking of others first is not a crowd thing. Hence, he introduced the last that we should not follow multitude to do evil. This advice was in practical terms in the first reading, when Abraham decided to allow lot to choose first despite being the elder. Who does that? Only a Christian.
My dear friends, we must begin to hold on to values and treasures. Even in the church today, multitude or acceptance have eroded the values and no wonder many now disregard what are treasures of the church. Thats the difference between Sunday, Sunday worshippers and those who attend daily masses. No matter how plenty the crowd is, the question that must be asked consistently is are we doing it right? If not it’s the way to hell. Sometimes, it’s against the way of the multitude, but if it’s the right way of sacrifice, let’s hold on to it, let’s it is trampled on the floor.
May the grace of God continue to reign supreme in our lives. Amen.