Homily for Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent Year A
Theme: You Are What You Do.
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Tuesday March 10 2020
(Read Isaiah 1:10, 16-20, Psalm 50 and Matthew 23:1-12)
You are not what you say you are. You are not what you think you are. You are not what others think you are. You are not what your job description says. You are what you do!
Not too long ago, I read about how a certain man was arraigned in court for killing a pregnant lady, another woman along with her nine-month old baby all in an attempt to hide his immoral relationship with the pregnant lady.
What struck me was that most people who heard the story may not remember the name of the man but will not forget that he called himself a pastor.
It was the type of life people were living that merited them the name “Christian.” It wasn’t because they were called Christians that made them live like that. If you really want to know who you are, forget about your titles or what anyone is saying and find out what your actions (especially those you do in secret) are saying about you.
Being called a priest, a doctor, a lawyer or whatever does not make you one. Your actions are the true test of your identity. The scribes and Pharisees prided themselves as the religious leaders of the day but Jesus called them the name their actions denoted: hypocrites. They preached the truth but practiced falsehood.
Jesus told the people to obey their preaching but ignore their actions. Jesus even went as far as challenging the titles they gave themselves since their actions were a contradiction. Don’t call them rabbi. Don’t call them master. Don’t call them Father. They don’t deserve those. Call them by their names.