MONDAY HOMILY: 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A
THEME: Stand Firm!
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
1Macc.1:10-15.41-43.54-57.62-64; Luke 18:35-43
Today, we’re introduced to Antiochus Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king; who had been a hostage in Rome. He began to reign in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks. During his reign, all kinds of abominations befell Israel. Many abandoned the Holy Covenant of God, mingled with the Gentiles, and did all kinds if evil. But there were many in Israel who stood firm and were resolved in their hearts not to eat unclean food. They chose to die rather than to be defiled by food or to profane the holy covenant.
Dear friends, it pays not to follow the crowd. The blind man in the Gospel reading of today would never have received his sight if he paid attention to those who asked him to be silent. He stood firm and refused to be influenced negatively by the crowd. This blind man’s example teaches us that it’s better to listen to the voice within and follow our consciences. People expect you to grow in bitterness and hatred if you’ve been hurt too many times. They expect you to grow cold if you’ve been disappointed by those who should know better. But we must remain firm in righteousness. With the growing persecution of the Church today, will you stand firm, or follow the crowd? The choice is ours!
Good morning dear. God bless your week ahead.
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