HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: You have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to little children.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 13 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In today’s first reading from Isaiah, the emperor of Assyria is portrayed as full of self-importance and pride. He proclaims the power of his own strength, intelligence and understanding. He boasts of picking up the whole earth as people pick up deserted eggs. He fails to recognize his place within God’s greater purpose.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading, Jesus draws a sharp distinction between what he calls ‘the learned and the clever’ and ‘mere children’. The term ‘children’ or ‘little ones’ is probably a reference to Jesus’ disciples who would not have been considered learned and clever at the time. The learned and the clever were the experts in the Jewish Law, those who considered themselves to have a clear understanding of God and God’s will.
Dear Friends in Christ, when it comes to matters of faith, we need to keep acknowledging how little we know, and how far we have yet to travel in coming to know God with our mind and our heart. This is what Jesus refers to elsewhere in Matthew’s gospel as poverty of spirit. It is to the poor in spirit that the kingdom of God belongs. It is the awareness of our own poverty of spirit, mind and heart, that disposes us to receive God’s gift of his Son. Jesus assures us in the gospel reading that when we receive the Lord out of our poverty, we will be enriched, because we will be taken up into Jesus’ own intimate relationship with God his Father.
Today in a special way, we pray for those who have lost thier faith in God due to many difficulties and obstacles in thier life. May God comfort them and give them that spirit of endurance.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA