HOMILY, 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YR C
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
2 Timothy 1:6-8: 13-14
THEME: FAITH – A CALL TO BELIEVE, TRUST AND SERVE
Beloved in Christ, today Mother Church invites us to reflect on FAITH. It is a call to go beyond the situation of our life and to allow our relationship with the Lord to define how we understand our life.
However, the greatest stumbling block to our faith relationship with the Lord is the growing unwillingness to trust others due to the recurring theme of betrayal in human relationship.
Beloved, though most Christians profess belief in God, they are however unwilling to take God at his word. A story is told of a man who fell off a mountain cliff, and he grabbed a branch of a tree. But while dangling there, he looked up to heaven and shouted , “Is anyone up there?” A voice replied, Yes I am here. I am the Lord. Do you believe in me? The man replied yes but when the voice told him to let go of the branch he did not.
Dear friend in Christ, most Christians today are like this man. For though we believe in God, when things become rough and difficult, we easily take matters into our own hands and look for solution outside of God.
Beloved, this also explains the frequent visits to shrines and mallams when the going gets tough. Consequently, the first reading offers us great encouragement when it says the just man will live by his faithfulness(cf Hab. 2:4b). This is a clear affirmation that without faith we are helpless slaves who in our disappointment are driven to hopelessness and despair. Faith then gives us hope and helps us to see the power and love of God at work in our lives. Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Genuine faith means whether I am delivered or not, I know God loves and cares for me.
Beloved in Christ, the man or woman of faith makes no excuses for his or her life. Christ Jesus has given him or her all that he or she needs to succeed. Consequently, he cannot claim any reward for any good thing. And in the words of Luke; we are merely servants. We have done no more than our duty(cf Luke 17:10). For we were created to serve God and our good deeds become our gratitude for what he has done for us. Let us therefore resolved to remain resolute in our faith commitment to the Lord. Culled from: www.Facebook.com/padredolphyne/ www.padredolphyne.WordPress.com. www.padredolphyne.blogspot.com