Homily for Tuesday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: CLEANSE YOUR HEART, EMBRACE THE SAVING GOSPEL
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Tuesday October 15 2019
MEMORIAL OF SAINT THERESA OF AVILA, VIRGIN AND DOCTOR
READINGS: ROMANS 1:16-25, PSALM 19, LUKE 11:37-41
Jesus Christ always opposed the Pharisees not just because of their highly hypocritical nature but for their externalization of Christianity or worship of God. He condemned their religiosity which lacked spirituality. He was against their stern laws and the demand for their observance even when such laws were anti human. He wanted them to apply the same zeal to the conversion and cleansing of their hearts as they did the cleansing of their bodies. Matthew 23:1-36 and Luke 11:37-52 are two sections dedicated to the many ‘woes’ Jesus leveled against the Pharisees. He called them to sanitize their hearts and souls, only then would their religiosity become meaningful.
Brothers and sisters in the Lord, the essence of Christianity is our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Christian faith is not founded on a book but on person; it entails obedience to and love of Christ and nothing more. About this we can have no better model than our saint of the day, Theresa of Avila who obeyed God to the later; kept herself unstained by immorality, prayed relentlessly, loved God above all else and expressed her love for God in her love for man.
Friends in Christ let me ask; of what use is our religion when the adherents lack spirituality? What difference is there between he that calls himself Christian yet his heart is full of extortion and wickedness (Lk. 11:39), and the pagan? What can we make of the christened who would not abide by the dictates of the saving gospel of Christ preached yesterday by Paul and is today preached by thousand ministers? It is a truism that in our Churches and Christian communities today there abound many pretentious people, who only camouflage as Christians but whose hearts are mansions of evil, sin, wickedness, corruption and so on. Jesus would want us to re-examine our commitment to him, become more zealous and particular about cleansing our hearts and so be better Christians.
“Let nothing trouble or frighten you! All things pass away. Only God never changes. Patience obtains everything! God alone suffices!” Saint Theresa of Avila.
God help us to be true and real Christians after his heart, amen.
FEED AND EDUCATE ANOTHER
BE HOLY, YES; BUT BE HUMAN TOO!