Homily, Thursday First Week in the Ordinary Time, Year C(II)

I Samuel 4:1-11
Psalm 44: 10-11, 14-15,24-25(R. 27b)
Mark 1:40-45

Time after time, we say we have faith in God, yet we sometimes don’t show it out. Yes, we say we believe in God but so we obey the God whom we believe in.

If we don’t obey God, how then can we continue to say that we have faith in God.

In the Gospel reading Mark 1:40-45, a leper was cured by Jesus; he is a person of great faith. Yes, he believes in the power of Jesus to cure him.

In spite of this, his disobedience obstructed Jesus’ ministry. He couldn’t reach out easily to those who need him.

Faith and obedience are both very important in the life of a Christian. This could be a warning or an advice.

In first reading 1 Sam 4:1-11, the people of God have faith in the power of God and His Presence in the Ark of the covenant, but they are disobedience to God.

Their Faith cannot save them in battle.

Child of God, it is not enough to say, “I have faith,” “I believe in the power of God.” We must be willing to obey Him; then faith will bear fruit and yield result.

Faith in God without obedience is fruitless.

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