Homily, Thursday Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1(A)

Reflection

First Reading: 6:19–23

Psalm 1:1–2,3,4, &6

Gospel Reading: Luke 12: 49–53

People have always asked me “Fr, how is it that the Prince of Peace who has come to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79)” has come to bring division and not peace (Luke 12:51). They always end with the question, “Is that not a contradiction?”

 

But we may ask: WHAT KIND OF DIVISION will Jesus bring? Why would His ministry evoke divisions? The answer to these questions lies in the First Reading (Romans 6:19–23) and the Psalm (Psalm 1:1-2,3,4, &6). Therefore, Jesus Christ has come to establish the Kingdom of God. Those who will belong to that Kingdom will have to CHANGE THEIR FORMER WAYS OF LIFE to become new creatures in Him. By changing their old ways, they shall loose friends and even families which shall affect relationship, thus “father opposed to son, son to father, mother to daughter, daughter to mother, mother-in-law to daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law to mother-in-law” (Lk 12:53), which doesn’t exclude friend against friend(s) and vice versa, work colleague(s) against work colleague and vice versa.

 

Paul speaks of these two lifestyles in the first reading: slaves to sin and slaves of God. Those who are slaves to sin end up in death but the slaves of God enjoy the gift of eternity in God. Psalm 1 also shows the chasm between the two lifestyles and their consequences. The death is beyond the physical but doesn’t necessarily exclude it because some sins lead literally to death; the death is spiritual like a soul very far away from God– a walking dead, very empty. This division will be the foundation for persecutions even in our modern times. This division does not end here, it continues even at the judgment (Matthew 25:31-46).

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always there if you are willing to be reconciled to God.

Fada Henry Charles Umelechi ,26 October 23.

Truth Series.

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