Theme: Say yes and mean it!
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
Homily for Tuesday December 14 2021
(St John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor).
Zeph.3:1-2,9-13; Matt. 21:28-32
Appearances can sometimes be deceiving. But God is much more interested in the sincerity of the one who actually does His will than the one who willingly accepts to do it but does the exact opposite. Yes! We Church people are often like the second son who agreed to go to the Vineyard but never went. But those we condemn; the tax collectors and prostitutes, even though they initially say no to God, end up getting into heaven before us.
Take John of the Cross for instance; he was arrested and thrown into prison for trying to reform the Carmelite order, as he was encouraged to do by St Theresa of Avila. But since John was bent on doing God’s will, he endured his persecutors. In fact, it was in prison that he wrote one of his greatest spiritual works, “The Dark Night of the Soul.” Friends, in our daily lives, let us remember that doing God’s will simply means genuinely loving God and neighbour. May God help us say ‘YES’ to his will daily and mean it. Amen.
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead.