HOMILY FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B
1COR. 7: 29- 31
* THE TIME IS NOW*
My brother, my sister are you sure the homilies you hear are impacting your life- why then have you not changed.
Beloved in Christ, the admonition that life is short and the obligation to make good use of time is one that many a time we ignore. Some of us do not even give it the needed attention it deserves . For instance, in the song ” TIME no dey”; Kofi Kinata invites us to get up and do something for our lives because time no dey and the cemetery is full of unfulfilled dreams.
Beloved, the warning about the shortness of life in this world is the THEME that the READINGS of today invite us to reflect on. We are thus advised not to hold on to the things of this world, for they are passing away.
This is affirmed by JONAH in the first reading ” forty days and Nineveh shall be destroyed (JONAH 3:4b) and by St. Paul also in the second reading-” the appointed time has grown very short” ( 1Cor.7:29). We are thus obliged to make good use of this limited time.
Beloved, a certain urgency and immediacy should therefore characterise our life. We are not to waste the time we have on sin, but to look for God and live for Him( c.f. JONAH 3:5).
This then is not a period of procrastination but of decision and action; evidenced in the life of the early Christians
based on a willingness to leave their comfort zone- “immediately they left their nets and followed Him”(c.f. Mark 1:18).
Finally, let us not see the shortness of life as a call to withdraw from practical life but as a warning to set our priorities right- knowing what matters and what does not in the light of eternity.