THEME: Our Choice is to receive Jesus Christ and to accompany Him to Jerusalem.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 2022
Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard of the lamentations of Job who suffered greatly after having been struck by Satan, who was testing him if Job would abandon his faith in God when he faced such adversities and losses. Job lost most if not all of his vast worldly possessions, his many properties and vast herds of animals and livestock, and he also lost his beloved children to the calamities put forth by the devil. Not only that, but Satan himself even struck at Job’s own body, making him covered with terrible and painful boils and lesions which must have been so unbearable.
Yet, Job remained firm in his faith in God, and he did not allow all those things to deter him or distract him from his obedience to God.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In our Gospel passage today, we heard of the Lord Who was travelling on His way to Jerusalem, and was rejected entry into a Samaritan village because the people in that village came to know that the Lord was on His way to Jerusalem. And when the people found out that, the Lord was on His way to Jerusalem, they closed their doors and gates against Him. They hardened their hearts and minds, and allowed their worldly desires, considerations, sentiments and attachments to guide their way instead of being able to listen to God.
Dear Friends, every day, every moment, we have an opportunity to welcome the Lord into our life with love and devotion or to turn away from him and fall into sin.
Let us always remember that, the decisions we make will lead us one day to eternal rest in Heaven or the horrors of Hell. Prayer and the frequent reception of the sacraments can help us both to grow in the love we need to worship the Lord daily and help us to resist temptation and turn from sin. By our choices, let us show our gratitude and love for our saviour and redeemer, Jesus.
Lord help us to forgive those who hurt us, and to leave everything else in your almighty, just, and merciful hands.
May You All Have A Blessed Thursday!