HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I.
THEME: we are all called to be a source of blessing for others.
BY: Fr. Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear brethrens, both of today’s readings of today raise the question of how we relate to others. Do we relate to them in a way that blesses them or in a way that damages them?
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
Brothers and sisters in Christ, in our first reading today, we heard of the High Priesthood of Melchizedek, a rather mysterious figure mentioned in the Book of Genesis during the occasion when Abraham, the father of nations and the Israelites, offered a tenth of his materials to God. High Priest Melchizedek was described as the High Priest of the Most High God, or even as the High Priest and King of Salem, with some Biblical scholars relating this Salem with the historical Jerusalem. The author of this passage was not really discreet in making the connections between Melchizedek and Jesus Christ, Melchizedek was mentioned as One Who was without a father, mother or any genealogy, and the author also mentioned how Melchizedek was the figure of the Son of God.
*ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING*
In today’s Gospel Jesus enters again into the synagogue to attend the service during Sabbath and no doubt, to give a homily and to prove that it is lawful to do good on Sabbath day. To confirm this, He performs a miracle of healing the man with a withered hand. This patient had a withered hand by which he was unable to work for his living.
But the crowds, including the Pharisees, are very unkind, both to the patient and Jesus. Instead of interceding for this poor guy, they do what they can to hinder his cure. They intimidate Christ that if He will cure him during Sabbath, they will accuse Him as a Sabbath breaker. But their intimidation does not stop Jesus to do good work and to help the man restore to his health.
As Melchizedek was a source of blessing to Abraham and as Jesus was a source of blessing for the man with the withered hand, we are all called to be a source of blessing for others. We will be a source of blessing for others if we listen to the Lord’s word and if, like the man with the withered hand, we have the courage to act on it. Let us live life to the fullest by doing good work and devoting it to Christ, this is what matters most in our christian life and faith.
The Lord be with You!
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