MONDAY: HOMILY FOR 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
THEME OF THE HOMILY: If your brother does wrong, reprove him.
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Monday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard of the revelation of God’s Wisdom, and how His Wisdom has been imparted upon each and every one of us. Through God’s Wisdom, all of us have been given the revelation of truth, and the knowledge of God’s righteousness and the virtues of our Christian faith. However, as the author of the Book of Wisdom mentioned, we cannot be truly filled with God’s Wisdom if our hearts and minds are corrupted by sin, because sin severs our connection with God and turns us away from Him. If we allow sin to lead us in our lives and to corrupt us, then in the end, the Wisdom of God and His truth will have no place in our hearts and minds, and we will likely end up walking down the wrong path, one that may lead us down to damnation.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
The gospel has three parts to it. In the first part Jesus warns against the danger of leading others astray. We are to watch ourselves for the sake of others. We have a responsibility for each other, and, in particular, for each other’s relationship with the Lord. We have the awesome possibility of helping to open up others to the Lord or placing an obstacle to their relationship with the Lord. The second part of the gospel reading calls on us to be ready to forgive those who do wrong us if they ask for forgiveness, and to be ready to do that not just once but seven times. It is in response to both of those quiet different but equally demanding teachings of Jesus that in the third part of the gospel reading the disciples turn to him and say, ‘Increase our faith’. They sense that the call of the gospel is beyond them and so they ask for an increase in faith.
We can all fail at times, the call of the gospel is more than we can rise to. We may be very aware of ways that we block others from meeting the Lord and ways that we fail to forgive when forgiveness is asked for. Yet, Jesus declares that God can work powerfully through faith as small as a mustard seed. We are not to underestimate the faith in the Lord we do have and the ways that the Lord is working powerfully through that faith. We need to acknowledge the faith we have, especially at those times when we are tempted to think that our faith is terribly impoverished.
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