THEME: The power of influence!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5 2022
Gal.2:1-2,7-14; Luke 11:1-4
Today, Paul tells the Galatians how his mission of taking the good news to the Gentiles was recognised and approved by Church leaders like James, Peter and John, at the time. What Paul could not understand however, was why Peter would let his behaviour be influenced by hypocrites. Respect for authority does not mean refraining from speaking the truth, so Paul resists negative influence, and corrects Peter to his face.
In the gospel reading, the disciples of Jesus, having just witnessed him in prayer, said, “Lord teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Again we see influence at work here. But this was positive influence. The disciples were so moved because of the example of their master, and because John had taught his own disciples to pray. Friends, we too must learn to resist negative influence, and align with positive influencers. We must always direct our decisions with prayer. Lord, teach us to pray!
Good morning dear, God bless your day ahead.