HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR C
1 Cor 10:1-6
THEME : UNLESS YOU REPENT
Beloved in Christ, this morning as we gather to worship we are invited to reflect on the patience of God with a warning that failure to repent will have negative consequence for us.
Unfortunately most Christians today view God’s patience as a sign that God no longer punishes sin. It is in the light of this that Jesus’ warning (unless you repent )cannot be taken lightly.
Beloved in Christ, sin has a consequence and the earlier we repent the better for us. It is therefore a source of joy for us as Christians that the readings of today invite us to learn from what happened to our ancestors. In the words of St. Paul, those things happened to them(the Hebrews ) to serve as an example to us.
Beloved, God is patient but His patience cannot be taken for granted.
Beloved, this morning also we are told that tragedies atimes happen not because people are bad but as a means of teaching us something about human nature. We are therefore not to attribute all tragedies to a life of sin, for the tragedies of life can also be pedagogical.
My dear friend, the story of the fig tree is one story that should inspire us during this season of Lent as our motivation to change because God offers us a second chance to be better.
But sadly, some of us see this second chance as an approval of our sinful conduct arguing that if God disapproved he would have punished us long ago.
Beloved in Christ, the call to change is the reason for Lent, therefore I invite you to look at your life and repent where there is still time.