Homily for Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Even the Dead Obey His Voice.
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Tuesday September 17 2019
(Read 1st Timothy 3:1-13, Psalm 101 and Luke 7:11-17)
“Young man, I say to you, arise.” (Luke 7:14)
In yesterday’s reflection, we saw how Jesus praised the Centurion’s faith who acknowledged that Jesus is the true commander in chief of the whole universe. In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus again proves his power and authority over the living and the dead by raising a dead man back to life.
Notice that Jesus did not address him as “dead man” rather Jesus said “young man.” This is a pointer to the fact that there is another kind of life that exists even after we stop breathing. As Luke narrates: “And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And they gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God.”
Just as in the case of Lazarus, Jesus spoke and the dead obeyed. What does this teach us? That there is nothing, no problem, no situation or circumstance that is too big for God to handle. If the dead can hear and obey the voice of God, why should I give up?
What began as a sad story ended up with songs of praises to God. They glorified God saying. ‘A great prophet has arisen among us!’ and ‘God has visited his people!’ Recall that this very phrase was part of Zechariah’s song of thanksgiving when his power of speech was restored after the birth and naming of John the Baptist.
God has truly visited his people. This is the meaning of the name “Emmanuel.” God is with us. There is no problem or difficulty worth taking your life. Present the matter to God in prayer and be sure that Jesus who raised the dead will bring make a way where there seems to be no way.
St. Paul in our first reading today outlines the qualities expected of one who “aspires to the office of bishop.” The truth is that these qualities St. Paul mentions are qualities demanded of every Christian. We do not need to aspire to any office before we try to imbibe these virtues: temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, not drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, respectful, managing one’s children properly, not proud, having a good name and serious minded.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, deepen my faith in you and make me a shining example in virtue to my brothers and sisters. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 24th week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: 1st Timothy 3:1-13, Psalm 101 and Luke 7:11-17)