Homily for Tuesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: REDEDICATE YOURSELF: BECOME FAMILY WITH CHRIST
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Tuesday September 24 2019
READINGS: EZRA 6:7-8.12.14-20, PSALM 122, LUKE 8:19-21
• Are you family with Christ?
• Does your present lifestyle guarantee you a place among Jesus’ family?
• Where does recalcitrant, anti-christian, rebellious, disobedient behaviours leave us?
• Make that change, queue into Jesus’ WAY and enjoy God’s ‘Fatherliness’
In the words of the Psalmist 126:3 I am marveling at the great deeds the Lord worked for his people thereby making them glad. I am wondering at how he stirred up the spirits of kings Cyprus, Dairus and Artaxerxes to not only free the Jews but also support the rebuilding of God’s house, the Temple in Jerusalem on its proper site. Indeed, there is nothing he cannot do, when the moment is right. Today I pray that we too, God’s children find favour in his sight; so he’d favour us and liberate us from the shackles of political oppression and suffering. Today I pray that he pities us like he did to the Israelites and act compassionately towards us.
The exile of the Israelites was extra territorial, they were taken out of their homeland and made to live as captives. They slaved, starved, were maltreated, ridiculed and reviled. They were oppressed and unjustly treated until the Lord heard their cry and worked the mighty deed of their second exodus. We too are in exile in our land: many of us live below human conditions, we starve, we are oppressed, unjustly treated, our salaries are withheld and the structures: economic, political, moral, religious and so on are experiencing a steady decay. We too need an exodus and an ensuing rebuilding, re-branding, or restructuring of all the failed, decayed and coarsened entities in our society. This is why I pray as the prophet Habakkuk did many centuries ago: “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Do them again in our day, in our time make them known; in your anger, remember your mercy” (3:2).
As I pray, may I quickly challenge each and every one of us to at least fall into the category of ‘mother’ and ‘brethren’ of Jesus as our gospel text shows. May I exhort us to be men and women who hear and do the bidding of God’s word. That so, we’ll qualify for the honourable title brother and sister of Jesus Christ; which title spells eternity and blessings for us. How do brothers and sisters our Lord Jesus behave? We may like to go back to the first reading here, like the priests and the Levites; brothers and sisters of Christ purify themselves and are all of them remain clean (Ezra 6:20).
Brothers and sisters of Jesus as a matter of necessity, ought to pass over from their sinfulness, their filth and dirt, their evil ways into purity, chastity, righteousness and Christian living. We have to do the needful which is rebuilding the temples of our lives on their proper sites – where and how God had fashioned them. When we rebuild ourselves according to God’s design, I am doubtless we’ll call to him and he’ll answer us and work great wonders in our days too. For this grace we pray through Christ our Lord…
FEED AND EDUCATE ONE…
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