Homily for Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter Year A.
Theme: Intention for the Day: Prayer that we may submit
ourselves to God’s direction to make us grow. Amen.
By: Fr. Cyril Akindele Osadare
Homily for Wednesday, May 22 2019
Readings: Acts 15:1-6; John 15:1-8
Most times if we are really going to grow, we need to realise that we are not alone or all in all in ourselves. We all have some roots, colleagues, companions, comrades, bosses and even subjects. It is in relation to these other parts of our lives that really grow us well. It may be some idea of a colleague that will shape our lives or future. It may well be the discussion of a boss that will help us. They shape us and there is no need to be so egoistically arrogant that we don’t want to others to have in road to our lives. This will make us outgrow ourselves and become wild and approach destruction.
Our readings emphasise the need to submit ourselves for such pruning and dialogue. Jesus in the gospel wants us as disciples to be available for prunning by God so that we can bear fruit. He also emphasised that we can prove our egoistical thinking as if we are Lord on our own else we dry off. This is exactly what the disciples did in the first reading of today. After some came with a teaching on circumcision, the apostles didn’t act on their own, they went to Jerusalem to consult others and their source.
Alongside the Holy Spirit, they open the door of dialogue not holding on to their ego teaching. My dear friends, believing that one is all in all or complete on his own is a crime especially in Christian life. Because we are all from God and whatever we have become in the church and our gifts is from the Holy Spirit. Also, the Church is a community of believers where God can decide to show the way to any one. Hence, we must allow others to shape our life, our faith and make us grow. Yoruba will say “ogbon ologbon ni o je ki a pe agba ni were. – the wisdom of others is the reason why the elder is considered as wise. Let’s allow others to prune us and grow us. Sometimes we don’t like them, sometimes we do. The essence is to grow.
May the Lord continue to make us open to dialogue and allowing others inputs to grow us. Amen.