HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE TWENTY- SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARYTIME, YEAR A
BY: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
THEME OF THE HOMILY: ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’
READINGS OF THE DAY
LITURGICAL COLOUR: GREEN
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Wednesday of week 27 in Ordinary Time, Year A.
ABOUT OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard that Jonah was unhappy because everything that he had worked in going forth all the way to Nineveh, proclaiming its destruction and downfall, and this did not happen because the Lord took pity on the people of Nineveh on the account of their repentance and regret over their many sins and wickedness, and their very much public show of regret and remorse over their many sins. The Lord wanted Jonah to understand that He never actually intended or desired the destruction of any one of us. This is because each and every one of us mankind are dear to Him, and He does not want any one of us to be lost to Him forever, He is the Lord of compassion and love.
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ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING
In our Gospel passage today, we heard of the account regarding the time when the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ asked Him about how they ought to pray, and then the Lord taught them all how to pray with the prayer which we all certainly know very well as the ‘Our Father’ or as the Lord’s Prayer. Through that prayer, the Lord highlighted to us what it truly means for us to pray to God, to seek the Lord, our loving Father, and to commit ourselves to Him in prayer, and in communicating with Him, speaking and spending time with Him, asking Him for His blessing, guidance and help in all of our lives. The Lord’s Prayer is truly an example and inspiration through which all of us should follow, in committing ourselves to a life of prayer and devotion to God.
Dear brethrens, the Lord’s Prayer is the perfect prayer that we all should emulate in how we ourselves pray to the Lord. In our prayers, we should not be full of self-praise and full of litany of requests, or even demands, in asking the Lord to do things for us. Prayer is not meant for us to demand that the Lord does things for our sake, or that we ask Him to intervene for us, when we are in need and then ignore Him at other times and moments. Prayer is in fact the means through which we come to communicate with God and as we ought to do so with reverence and sincerity, and with genuine love and desire to seek the Lord. Like we heard in the Lord’s Prayer, prayer is not about us, but in fact, is about us seeking to glorify God and to thank Him for everything that He has done for us, and is a reminder for us to always listen to God and obey Him at all times.
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