Homily for Wednesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: WHAT DO WE REALLY WANT?
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Wednesday September 18 2019
READINGS: 1TIMOTHY 3:14-16, PSALM 111, LUKE 7:31-35
What do we really want? What satisfies us as a people? If I were to use today’s language in relation to our gospel passage today I would say ‘Jesus was pissed with the attitude of the people of his time’. They claimed to be expectant of the coming kingdom of God but rejected the preaching of John and the message of Christ. For Jesus, these were like those little children who are never satisfied with doing what they are asked to do. With this passage, Luke 7:31-35, Jesus speaks to our generation more than he spoke to his generation. Moreover, the prophecy of Isaiah 48:17-19 finds expression here too. I can imagine God wailing over us for not listening to his commands through his prophets, but rather opposing his teaching always.
John was rejected because he was considered too SEVERE, too CONSERVATIVE and CRUDE. On Jesus’ part, he was too TOLERANT, PROGRESSIVE and SOFT. Like the people of John and Jesus’ time, many of us want God to come into our lives but on our own terms. We are Christians to the level that it is convenient for us. WE TRY TO SEVERE GOD FROM OUR EVERYDAY LIFE. How wrong this is. Friends in the Lord, our Christianity should be all embracing; we must readily accept God’s call, hard (John) or progressive (Christ). Besides, Isaiah 55:10-11 says that just as rain and snow come down from heaven to earth and waters the earth necessarily, so too, the word of God, it necessarily accomplishes what it set out to do. To some, Christianity and indeed the word of God is a source of joy yet to others it is a saddening machinery. In both situations, GOD MUST RETAIN HIS PLACE IN OUR LIVES.
The Lord says through Isaiah, “I teach you what is good and guide you along the right path” (Isa. 48:17). Christianity has to be always according to the terms of God, he will never teach us what is not beneficial; neither will he guide us onto the wrong path. Even when the going seems unfavourable, God’s way must hold sway. We cannot be in a relationship with God without him interfering in how we get our money and how we spend same. God must be remembered when we are conducting our business. He has to be present in our interpersonal relationships. How can we want God in our lives without being there for God at all?
Differently, we must make an attitudinal change; stop the unnecessary complaints and excuses. ‘The Church is too traditional for my liking’, ‘It is becoming too Pentecostal nowadays’, ‘There is too much talk of politics and money today’, ‘Our priests are too indifferent about the issues of the day’ etc. How different are we from the crowds Jesus spoke of today? As we continue serving God in spirit and in truth, it’s high time we did the needful by approaching the gospel as a life-long venture and never as a seasonal game that we play at our leisure. Amen.
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