HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT , YEAR C
ISA. 43 :16-21
PHIL 3: 8-14
THEME : GOD, THE RESTORER OF HOPE
Beloved in Christ, we have arrived at the 5th Sunday of Lent, the final Sunday before Holy Week; a reminder that next Sunday is Palm Sunday . We are thus gradually coming to the end of the season of Lent. Consequently, the readings of today give us hope for a brighter future, should we co-operate with the grace of God.
Beloved, this call to look to the future with hope and joy cannot be ignored. The invitation to repent , to abandon and forget our old and evil ways of life and embrace the new and better way of life is in line with God’s promise of hope and restoration. But unfortunately, the world has made the judging and condemning of others a favourite hobby so that the warning by Jesus not to judge others is intentionally being ignored ( Mtt 7: 1 ).
Beloved, in spite of this we as Christians must not allow our past life of sin to deny us of the chance of co – operating with the grace of God. For in truth, the past cannot be undone,only the future can be changed with the grace of God. We are therefore assured by the readings of today that God is doing something new for us and this is the reason for our hope and joy in the Lord.
Beloved, for Isaiah in the first reading, God is restoring our hope and giving us a reason to continue living. In fact , God is putting a smile on our faces. And this is the joy that the woman caught in adultery in the gospel experienced with Jesus. We like her are given new opportunities in spite of our past sins , affirming why Jesus came ; to call sinners and not the righteous and also that we might have life to the full.
Beloved in Christ, we are therefore encouraged this morning by these words from Jesus; neither do I condemn you but we are also warned by this same Jesus to go and sin no more. And for the future to be bright we need to obey this command from Jesus.
This has been a Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for www.padredolphyne.WordPress.com as we celebrate the 5th Sunday of Lent, year C.
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