HOMILY FOR THE 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A.
Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9
*THEME: WHY DESPAIR WHEN HOPE CONSOLES*
My dear friend in Christ, faced with the obstacles and challenges of life, some of us easily give up saying life is not worth it, others also choose the extreme by ending their very life through suicide.
However, this morning the word of God tells us that the pain and suffering of today means nothing when compared to our future glory; therefore giving up or despairing is not the solution to the challenges of life. We are rather to be consoled that no matter what we are going through, we can surely stand because our lives are in the hands of God. The consolation of hope then is a call not to worry, for trouble don’t last always and joy will surely come in the morning. No matter the delay, you will surely make it. What matters is not giving up.
Beloved, no matter how discarded, a person can still become beautiful and valuable again if only we will make the efforts. It is very important to remember that we will be judged not only by our results but also by the efforts we have made. Therefore, in every crises there will always be both danger (allowing the crises to break you) and opportunity (allowing the crises to form and strengthen you.)
Beloved, in the parable, it is important to note that in all cases the sower and the seed did not change, only the soil changed . We cannot listen to the Word of God and choose to remain the same.
This assures us that no efforts will go unrewarded by God. We are encouraged to keep on trying, for surely, we will succeed one day. No efforts at improving our lives is less or a waste of time. Every efforts no matter how small is appreciated. The complaining should stop. The blame game must cease and the desired change must start from me first- as a husband, wife, child, worker, priest, catechist etc. Only then can we transform our society.
For the problem is lack of adequate preparation before planting and a lack of patience to wait for the seed to grow. Thus, it is a challenge not of God but of ourselves as individuals and it is for this reason that we should not give up but make every effort at succeeding.
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