Homily for Wednesday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: Our call is to always have a clean heart.
By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
Homily for Wednesday February 9 2022
READINGS OF THE DAY
1 Kings 10:1-10
Dear brethrens, let us know that real uncleanness is not in what we eat, but in all the evils that come from within: “evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.” They all come from the hearts of people.
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading, we heard about the coming of the Queen of Sheba from faraway land visiting King Solomon of Israel and his court, bearing many gifts of gold and other precious items, enthralled and desiring to hear of his words and wisdom. Solomon had been blessed with great wisdom from God, as he prayed for wisdom when the Lord told him to ask of Him everything that he desired. God gave Solomon not just great wisdom, but also great riches, wealth and glory, prosperity, peace and safety for his kingdom and for the people of God.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
the Gospel we heard of the Lord’s words and rebuke to the Pharisees for their insistence and stubbornness in enforcing a very strict interpretation of the Law of Moses.
As Christians, we are all called to be virtuous and righteous, to be filled with love for God and the wisdom that He has given to us just as He has blessed Solomon with great wisdom. However, we also have to make good use of those gifts and also for the right purpose. King Solomon faltered later in life as in his old age he wavered and let his many wives to distract him and to do things that are not in accordance with the will of God. And the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law have also allowed their own desires and personal ambitions to lead them astray from the path of God and misleading others in the process.
May God be with us always, and may He bless each and every one of us, that we may always be ever more faithful to Him.
*May You Have a Blessed Wednesday*
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA