Homily for Tuesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Year II
Theme: OBEDIENCE IS KEY
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Tuesday January 28 2020
READINGS: 2SAMUEL 6:12-15.17-19, PSALM 24, MARK 3:31-35
Friends in the Lord, however we look at Jesus’ claim that all who do his Father’s will are his brothers, sisters and mother; one thing is certain, that Jesus extended his limitless embrace of communion to everybody. David, in keeping with God’s will returned the Ark of the Covenant and made offerings to God. By so doing, he aligned himself and his kingdom more to God and God would always be with him. Jesus would want us to be members of his family and the only requisite needful is obedience to the will of his Father. Christ himself is our example.
Many passages of scripture suggest that obedience to God’s will is primary to our being family with him. “Samuel said…to obey is better than sacrifice and to heed than the fat of rams” (1Sam. 15:22). The prophet Hosea tells us how God desires steadfast love and not sacrifice, knowing him rather than burnt offerings (6:6). Isaiah reiterates this when he says in 1:17 that God wants us to cease doing evil and start doing good (which translates to doing his will). Moreover, Micah 6:7-8 holds strongly that what is good before God is enhancing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly before God.
What becomes of our worship in the face of accelerating rebellion and disobedience? It stays NULL! Living in a world that is fast becoming very individualistic and people’s judgment and standards so relative; is it possible to truly do God’s will? In a world where sin and recalcitrance have eaten deep into the very fabric of society, can man obey God’s will fully? A quizzical look around will reveal just how disobedient and rebellious man has become; to God, his Church and the authorities there are). How then can we be family with God hence gain eternal life? How can we be brothers, sisters and mothers of Christ given our disobedience and sin? Beloved in Christ, if ever we are ever to have fellowship with God, obedience is the only way. And if we want to be Jesus’ family a consequence of which is abiding perpetually under his love and care; then we must imbibe obedience to his.
May St. Thomas Aquinas, the angelic doctor intercede for us now and always. Amen and amen.
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