Theme: Little Girl, I Say to You, Arise!
By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
Homilyfor Tuesday February 1 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
2 Sam18:9-10,14, 24-25, 30; 19:3
Psalms 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Today is the first day of the month of February in the year of our Lord and Saviour 2022. Let us take a moment and thank the Lord for the January month which has just ended.
In a special way the readings of today are reminding us that, we must not allow the distractions of worldly glory and power to distract us from the path that Our Lord has shown to each and every one of us.
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we have heard from the Book of the prophet Samuel about the time when Absalom, one of the most prominent sons of David rebelled against his father in an attempted coup-d’etat. Absalom was a proud man who had always gained the favour of his father and the people, and was likely the favourite to be the one to succeed his father as King of Israel. He gathered the people to his side and brought his forces to seize Jerusalem and made David his father to flee with some trusted advisors.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
We heard in our Gospel Reading how the Lord Jesus went on a journey to the house of Jairus, a synagogue official upon hearing from him that his daughter was very sick and was on the verge of death. We also heard from the same text how a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhage or bleeding problem was healed by the Lord as He saw the great faith that she had in Him, as she believed that even if she just quietly came to touch the fringe of the Lord’s cloak, she would be healed.
That condition had affected her for many years, and she must have been trying to hide it as her symptoms would have made her to be considered unclean and even sinful.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE READINGS OF TODAY ?*
Let us always remember that our Lord is the Almighty God, is the Master of life and death, and the Resurrection and the Life Himself. The way He restored Jairus’ daughter back to life, he showed His disciples and even all of us at the same time, that death will not have the final say over us. He Himself shall overcome death for our sake, and by His suffering and death on the Cross, Christ has brought upon us the certainty and assurance of eternal life.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all therefore seek the Lord our God with renewed faith and zeal, and with all of our hearts and might. Let us all renew our commitment to follow Him and serve Him at every opportunities given to us.
May God Bless Us All Through the Intercession of Mary Our Mother and the Mother Of God.
*SOURCES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS*
1.PeterCanisius Michael David Kang Daily Homilies.
2. Justmehomely’s Blog, Association of Priests for the Daily Homilies.