Homily for Wednesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Do not begrudge God for his goodness or get angry when he blesses another.
By: Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Wednesday October 9 2019
READINGS: Jonah 4: 1-11, Ps. 86, Luke 11: 1-4
God is so independent, competent, self-satisfied and filled with wisdom that he does not need anyone to do whatever he wants and does not consult anyone. He is all perfect and almighty, he is highest that any other is lower and incomplete in everything. He does whatever he wills and no one can advice him or stop him because he is too full and enough in himself. His ways are contrary to ours and as the heaven is far from the earth so far is his thoughts and will from ours. This is why he is called God and remains a mystery to humanity and a surprise to us in everything we do. When he paid the workers whom he called at different times equally, his judgment and justice beat their imagination and they complained and accused God as being unjust. When he spoke through Ezekiel that when a good man repents and starts doing evil that he would die and when a bad man repents and starts doing good that he would live; they labelled God unjust. Man who does not understand God’s ways keep asking him questions daily and getting angry at his way of doing things, yet wisdom proves itself in him.
Beloved, today Jonah spoke out why he thought he was running away and refusing to follow his instructions. He wants God to be like him Jonah and do things in his own ways. He forgot that God is not man and cannot dance to the tune of man. Jonah has a human heart which is finite and limited yet erroneous but he wants God to follow it; but God is all perfect and all good lacking nothing. This is the worst assumption and desire man would have about God. For Jonah, as long as God has said he would destroy Nineveh because of their sins, even repentance/contrition on the part of the people of Nineveh should not change God’s planned anger and decision. He wants God to become inconsiderate and unforgiving, hard-hearted, and unrelenting in anger. Jonah knew so well by his own confession who God is thus he said that: “For I know that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy, and that you repent of your evil” Why is it that Jonah does not want to respect God for what he is and why does he want to change God to become like him or like humans? Most often we think we can command God and change him to do the evil desires and inclinations of man such as those who send Holy Ghost fire upon people and who pray for evil against their enemies and wish them bad.
Beloved, the same Jonah like any of us would want things happen in our own favour and would wish things remain good for us. We would wish to be shown mercy and forgiveness but refuse it others and wish they do not receive same favour from God. Jonah wanted to have the tree shade over him and forgetting that was the favour and mercy of God. He was angry that it withered but did not want the mercy of God on Ninevites. The human selfishness would not allow us gain much favour from God; this is why he thought us love of neighbour and to love them as we do God and ourselves. Many people get angry when good things happen to others and wish they can stop it; many wish others bad and sit waiting for it to happen. These are enemies of human love and progress, they are inhuman and beasts.
Let us ask God to teach us how to live the Christian life, how to love and how to forgive and reverence God and praise him instead of trying to dictate for him. All these are contained in the prayer he taught us in Our Lord’s prayer. May Jesus continue to teach us not only how to pray but how to become true Christians because if God should mark our own individual sins, none us would survive and we shall all perish like those we wish evil, Amen.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf