HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR B
THEME: WE ARE GOD’S SIGN POST
Beloved in Christ, as we gather to worship today, God through the Church reminds us of who we are or who we are to be, namely, His sign post. This is clearly reflected in the role Phillip and Andrew played in getting some Greeks to know Jesus.
Therefore, as sign posts, our primary obligation is to lead others to God, a responsibility most of us have failed to discharge. For some of us, instead of becoming bridges, we have become obstacles to God by our attitude and utterances.
My dear friend, the situation becomes very bad as some people in the Church think they can claim monopoly over the blessings of God and also determine who should be blessed and who should not. Consequently, the Church which should be a place of welcome for all in some cases end up becoming a place of discrimination and division.
When this happens, people who are not natives are looked down upon. For this reason we sacrifice competency in the name of familiarity. As a country, this is also our problem at certain times. We ignore competency and choose familiarity and ends up putting square pegs in round holes.
Beloved, if the Greeks who were non-Jews could meet Jesus then we have to understand the fact that God cannot be limited by language or culture. We have a duty to die to the narrow interest of language and culture for the sake of God’s glory. This, Jesus confirms when He said anyone who loves his life loses it but whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternity.
Again, Jesus’ usage of the grain of wheat falling on the ground obligates us to sacrifice the self. And to achieve this, the first reading says God gives us a new commandment and that will be written on the heart of each one of us and not on stones.