Homily for Wednesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Created for Perfection
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Wednesday, June 19 2019
2nd Corinthians 8:1-9, Psalm 146 and Matthew 5:43-48)
“You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
Having being created by a perfect God, Jesus tells us this morning that we too can be as perfect as God, our Father. The truth is that the desire for perfection has already been built into our natural psyches. We always long to be perfect in everything we do, we are not used to settling for less, we want more, and we want better.
Even in our worship of God, this drive for perfection is realizable and possible. Jesus Christ defines perfection in spiritual life as a stage of spirituality wherein we are able to love and forgive others just as God does.
Perfection for Jesus is our ability to love not only our friends, but our enemies as well. Christian Perfection is kindness shown even to those who persecute us just as Jesus exemplified on the cross when we prayed for those who nailed him to the cross.
*Perfection is a stage where we no longer have enemies, although people may still take us as their enemies. Don’t settle for less, aim for perfection. Start loving everyone as you love yourself including those who hate you.*
St. Paul tells us today that Christ was rich, yet became poor for our sake so that by His poverty, we might become rich. This is how we are to relate with our fellow brothers and sisters, to give ourselves freely rather than fight against them.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help me to grow in perfection, Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.
(Tuesday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: 2nd Corinthians 8:1-9, Psalm 146 and Matthew 5:43-48).