HOMILY FOR THE 10TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YR. B.
Genesis 3:9 -15
2 Corinthians 4:13 – 15:1
Mark 3:20 – 35
THEME: THE PRICE OF DOING GOD’S WILL
Beloved in Christ, today mother church is inviting us to reflect on what it means to do the will of God and the consequences associated with it. This is not about how eloquent one talks about God, but rather about how in concrete actions a person will prove his or her loyalty to God.
Beloved, the example of Jesus and the accusation leveled against Him in the gospel tells us that to do the will of God, a person must dare to be different and not just follow the status quo. And it is precisely in this quest to obey God, that the society and the world at large become obstacles and stumbling blocks.
My dear friends, in the case of Jesus, he is being described as being possessed by the devil and also out of His mind.
However, Jesus never relented. But unfortunately instead of today’s Christians to be action and concrete driven Christians, most Christians are only focused on becoming eloquent Christians. They end up missing the mark, because Christianity is not only about quoting the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, but is about doing the will of God. Remember you are called not to only talk about God but to live for God.
Beloved in Christ, we are also confronted with the problem of jealousy at the good another person is doing. Jesus was doing good, but to discredit Him, they decided to accuse Him. Instead of calling those doing good names, let us appreciate them and learn from them. Remember, jealousy can lead you to do a lot of bad things even to the extent of calling light, darkness.
Today, I invite you to resolve that even though doing good comes at a price, you will not give up on the good because God will vindicate you in the end. Therefore, don’t fear the “name calling”, just do the will of God.