Homily, Monday First Week in the Ordinary Time of the Yea,Year C(II)

I Samuel 1:1-8
Psalm 116:12-13,14 and 17,18-19(R. 17a)
Mark 1:14-20

In the first reading I Samuel 1:1-8, Peninnah taunts Hannah because of her barrenness inspite of her goodness. Yet, God uses her situation to prepare her for a blessing.

God uses our challenges, trials and experiences to prepare us. But first, we must be disposed for God like Hannah.

It is in this disposition that we submit to Him and He inturn prepares us to know Him more and to receive what He has in mind for us.

Submission is a call to Worship.

This is very evident in the gospel reading Mark 1:14-21, whereby Jesus calls four of His disciples from their occupation. They submitted to Him. Jesus makes them draw strength from their experiences as fishermen to use in their ministry; to fish for men.

If we are disposed to God and submit to Him, He is very much able to prepare us for something great no matter in what state we are.

©Fr. Henrycharles Umelechi

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