Homily, 27th Sunday in the Ordinary Time, Year B.(03/10/2021)

What is God’s Will For us?=Union with Him

Genesis 2:18-24,
Hebrews 2:9-11,
Psalm 127:1-5,
Mark 10:2-12.

Today’s homily shall be a strange one, for the Holy Spirit uses what is biblically and spiritually true of the physical family of man and woman to explain what is spiritually and physically true of the divine family, that is of the people of God and of God; of us and God Himself.

In simple sentence: the explanations dovetail to our union with God as the aim of all our relationships with God which is marred by sin.

The first reading Genesis 2:18-24, the second reading Hebrews 2:9-11, and the Gospel reading Mark 10:2-12 point to this union with God and the how. The Psalm 127:1-5 are the results of this faithfulness and union with God.

In the first reading Genesis 2:18-24, we saw how the woman was created out of the man, and how the man ends up to be with the woman, thus becoming one body. This calls for fidelity.

In the Gospel reading Mark 10:2-12, Jesus Christ re-emphasized this union: “this is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body.”

We are like the woman and God is like the man. We were created from the love of God, as the woman was created from the ribs of the man. The man and woman ought to come together to become totally one. So, we are to join ourselves to become one with Christ. The end is in God. This calls for fidelity too.

But how?

The second reading Hebrews 2:9-11 explains this. This union is made possible through Christ Jesus who united himself with us by taking flesh like us, by taking up our nature and leaving His lofty nature, for the sake of our salvation. So, if we won’t be united with God, our salvation is not possible.

So Paul was right when he said that,”for the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock; that is why he openly calls them brothers.” So Christ sanctifies us to be united with Himself as brothers, with God.

This is the will of God in creating us in the first place. That we be united with Him. This was established in Jesus.

The results of this union are all blessings: happiness and prosperity (spiritual and physical); This blessings can come in many different forms as God wills, as outlined in the psalms.

But this union with God is disrupted by adultery. This adultery is by analogy. It divides and puts asunder our union with God.

God is always faithful but our infidelity tears us away from God like between a man and a woman.

Adultery is the sin, sin is cause of our infidelity;the various sins we commit. Our sins put asunder between us and God. It causes spiritual divorce between us and God.

To retain this union, we must always be closer to God in Christ. He is the Key to this union. This can be achieved through constant prayer, charity, regular confession, Holy Mass, motifications, holiness of life, etc.

©Fr. Henry Charles N. Umelechi

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