Homily for Wednesday after Epiphany Year C
Intention for the Day: May the Lord help all those living in one fear or the other to realize his closeness and love for them. Amen.
Readings: 1 John 4:11-18; Mark 6:45-52
I still find it difficult as an individual to understand and imagine how those who surf the ice and ocean do it. Even the ladies that wear high heel shoes, how they don’t fall. Or even those who like climbing trees or palm tree. Someone in the riverine area talked of how they hide under the water or sea to eat something or play. For those who fear water or aquaphobic, this is impossible or dangerous play. Indeed, these people find these things possible and easy because that’s what they love doing and their love for it eliminates fears that others might be experiencing.
It’s this love that our readings encourages us to be at the centre of our relationship with God. In the first reading, St. John emphasise that there is no fear in love. If we love God and things of God, we won’t fear punishment, we would live in God and be naturally disposed to please God out of love. We would understand how God works and his demands. This is what was lacking in the disciples in the gospel. They have not come to understand fully Christ, their hearts have not yet melt into God’s life and that’s the reason for their fear. When their hearts become part of God, even more difficult situations that a wind didn’t scare them.
My dear friends in Christ, there have been this debate about what should motivate our worship of God, fear or love? It should be love and not fear. If there is any fear, it should be fear of not loving God. Many of the taboos in Africa are rules of good living but due to lack of understanding, they were fuelled with fear and not love for good living. And when children began getting enlightened, they departed from them because nothing holds them down again. So, it is when when are ruled by fear and not love. A good student doesn’t want offend his favourite teacher and will seek to do well in his exams. Such is the same way our relationship with God should be. Out of love and not out of fear. This will enable us to trust him irrespective of the condition and situation and there will not situation too difficult or nothing we cannot do for God. Read this prayer always
“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.” May the Lord dispel all our fears and worries. Amen.