CHRISTIANS : AGENTS OF A COMPASSIONATE GOD
HOMILY FOR THE 10TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C.
1 KGS 17 -17 -24
GAL 1: 11-19
Brethren, today we celebrate the 10th Sunday in ordinary time, year c. We are invited to reflect on the compassionate nature of our God and our calling as his agents . Our role goes beyond the use of mere words to the use of concrete actions and signs that will give meaning to our words.
Beloved in Christ, our challenge today is how we can become agents of God’s compassion in the face of the hardships and suffering that confront us. Well, suffering is part of our nature and we cannot but undergo it; a reminder that we are indeed strangers in this world.
However, like the widow of Zarephath, some of us think that the presence of the prophet should give us immunity from problems and hardships. But if goodness guarantees immunity from suffering, why then should Job and Jesus suffer. Unfortunately, there are some Christians who think this way and cannot understand why a compassionate God would allow his children to suffer.
Beloved in Christ, this is where we are needed as agents of compassion who will minister to their needs with concrete acts of compassion. This is what Elijah did when faced with the distress of the widow whose son had died; he prayed , acted on her behalf saying; ” May the soul of this child ,I beg come into him again( 1 KGS 17 -21). Jesus also in the gospel did same for the widow of Nain ; ‘ do not cry( Luke 7:13). They restored hope where it was lost.
Beloved in Christ, today Ghana our country needs us as Christians to offer her hope in the face of the challenges of unemployment, unstable power , just to mention a few that confront us. The time has come for our leaders who are Christians to offer us hope ,assuring us that all is not lost. Also we as citizens must not give up in despair but change our attitude by allowing the lessons from our past challenges to shape our present and guide our future.
Beloved in Christ, last Friday ,3rd June, we remembered the 153 lives that perished in the twin fire and flood disaster in Accra. It is therefore sad that one year on we are still building filling stations in close proximity to each other in populated areas . Are we now creating filling station avenues in this country? In addition, we still have people dumping rubbish in our drainage systems.
Beloved in Christ, are we learning from the past with the intention of making the future better, I have my doubts. Today,let us remember that prayers alone cannot develop this our country if we are not prepared to change our attitude. Therefore, as the church invites us to be agents of compassion, let us respond by changing the way and manner we do things as a nation. May God bless us all.
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