HOMILY FOR THE 12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( YR. B)
Job 38:1, 8-11
Beloved in Christ, though today is the twelfth sunday in ordinary time on the liturgical calendar, we also celebrate Fathers’ Day since this sunday is the third sunday of June. We shall therefore pray for God’s blessings upon Fathers who are responsible and not those Fathers who are fathers only because they have children. On that note we say congratulations to all responsible Fathers.
Beloved, our readings this sunday challenge our understanding and attitude towards suffering, disappointment and failure as Christians. Therefore I have chosen ” IS GOD ASLEEP?” as our theme for today. This is because the idea that the Christian or the innocent should suffer is unheard of for some people and if that should happen then it means God does not care.
My dear friend, the reality of suffering in the life of the Christian is an experience that is sometimes difficult to explain. In spite of that Christian suffering is not a sign that God has abandoned or forgotten you; for like Jesus, even in suffering God is with us (cf. FROM THE PRAETORIUM TO CALVARY, pg. V).
It is therefore against this background that our first reading from Job is reminding us that we are not in this world in order to be rich or comfortable or truly happy-we are here in order to reach heaven where we shall be forever truly rich, truly comfortable, and truly happy.
Beloved, this is where the goodness of God comes in- He provides for our eternal happiness, not for a few passing years of comfort here on earth. Therefore until we reach our final destination we are liable to suffer mishaps and inconveniences- a FACT we as Christians must NOT ignore. Hence, , when Jesus questioned the disciples in the gospel, “why are you afraid”?.””Have you no faith”?. He was saying to them if I am asleep, does it mean that I am not powerful. If life seems difficult, does it mean that I have abandoned you? Be calm, says Jesus, for everything is under control. Fear then is a sign that we are relying on ourselves and not on God while to have faith means to trust in God.
Beloved, it is this understanding that will help us to go through the storms and the challenges we face in life – having Jesus is what we need and NOT the storms we fear, for God will not extricate us from difficulties, but He will give the strength to persevere through the challenges we encounter as Christians. Therefore, whenever you are faced with a challenge or a difficulty I recommend that you pray and reflect on the words of the song ‘WHERE IS OUR GOD’ by CAPTAIN J.H TACHIE MENSON…
Where is our God
In whom we trust
Renew our faith in thee O Lord
Help us thy way,
thy deeds and thy words to accept
Always even when we understand not
Mortal men we knew there MUST BE A PURPOSE
FOR ALL THY DEEDS so mysterious
Teach us thy ways lest ask we must WHERE IS OUR GOD
IN WHOM WE TRUST.
This has been a Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for www.dolphyne14.WordPress.com as we celebrate the twelfth sunday in ordinary time year b.
Kindly share this homily with your friends and May God richly bless you.