HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME OF YEAR B
THEME: Little girl, I tell you to get up.
BY: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
2 Sam 5:21-43
Good morning my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time of Year B.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard the continuation of the story of the reign of King David, which we have heard in yesterday’s passage on the rebellion of Absalom, one of David’s own sons, whose ambitions and pride led him to rebel against his own father, and attempted to seize the kingdom for himself in an attempted coup. Today’s passage told us all that this attempted coup was ultimately a failure because God was with David, while Absalom depended solely on his might and the means of the world to sustain himself. Absalom was proud and ambitious, and he sought to gain power for himself, by winning over the people and the members of the elite, and his confidence led him to his downfall and undoing.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
Two persons in today’s gospel approach Jesus and ask Him to do something for them. The synagogue official asks Jesus to lay His hands on his dying child and the elderly woman to let Jesus cure her of her hemorrhages for twelve years. What makes them draw to Jesus? Is it a hope for miracle or a word of comfort in their affliction? It is both. Jesus gives them hope, and especially to people with desperate or helpless circumstances, where there seems to be no human cause for it because His hope is directed to God. He speaks words of hope to them. To the woman he says: “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
Dear friends in Christ Jesus, Hope is essential for Christian life. We have a right and a duty to be confident that God, who has loved us and called us to eternal life, will never abandon us. Catechism of the Catholic Church says to us that at Baptism God plants in every Christian the theological virtue of hope (CCC 1813). The hope that Christians are given is a divine gift. It is not a shallow human wishing but a sure confidence that God Himself gives us power to exercise. His grace calls us to make acts of hope, truthfully speaking the confidence in Him that He wishes us to have. He invites all to make their lives more strong and glad by refusing ever to cease hoping in Him (CCC 1818).
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