Homily on Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Homily on Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

 

Rev. Fr. Christopher Nnubia

 

Theme: Thinking like Jeremiah and Peter in following Jesus Christ

 

What is your perception in following Jesus Christ? Is it a perception of success, easy life and no suffering? Is it a perception of prosperity Gospel without the cross? Have you cut the length of your cross because of its heaviness?

Jeremiah thought that by responding to God’s call as his prophet would lead him to success and an easy life. However, it ended up as the reverse so he cried out. He said that the Lord has deceived him; and he was deceived. He further said he has become a laughingstock all the day. Not only that, everyone mocked him. The word of the Lord has become for him a reproach and derision all day long. He tried to avoid mentioning him, or speaking any more in his name. He discovered that there is in his heart as it were a burning fire shut up in his bones so he cannot stop mentioning him or speaking in his name.

Like Jeremiah, Peter seemed not to understand the mission of Jesus Christ even as his number one Apostle. Jesus informed them that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” Jesus said to him, Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”

At times, we misunderstand our mission and call to discipleship as Jeremiah and Peter did in today’s readings. Dear brothers and sisters, following Jesus entails doing following as enumerated in the today’s readings:

1. Allowing the will of God to be done and not your own will as being demonstrated by Peter in the Gospel of today.

2. By constantly imploring the Spirit of discernment in you, to courageously rebuke Satan and its manipulative tendencies in any form it appears, whether through your friends, relatives, close associates or otherwise.

3. By denying yourself and taking up your cross to follow Jesus Christ daily.

4. By having a constant retreat on “repaying everyone for what he or she has done.”

5. By not conforming to this world.

6. For being transformed by the renewal of your mind.

7. To always proving what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect to people you meet on daily basis.

8. Not to run away from mentioning Jesus Christ or speaking any more in his name in season and out of season.

9. By not going along with the way everybody is thinking especially if it is not in conformity with the Gospel. Everybody is doing it but be that someone who is not doing it.

10. By standing higher and stronger whenever you are a laughing stock for the sake of Jesus Christ.

11. By not being a hindrance to anyone's success or promotion because by doing so, you are not on the side of God.

12. To always present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

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