HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
*THEME: “JESUS MADE A DEEP IMPRESSION” (MARK 1:22)*
Beloved in Christ, this morning as we gather to worship God, Mark tells us that Jesus made a deep impression whiles teaching in the synagogue. For unlike the rabbis who spoke in God’s name, Jesus spoke in His own Name, because He was God and also His words were accompanied by deeds.
The unclean spirit knew the identity of Jesus. Jesus’ cure of the possessed man proved Jesus’ authority to the crowd and that made his fame spread.
Today, Jesus tells us to be effective evangelizers, we need to accompany our words with deeds. This was affirmed by Pope Paul VI when he said “the modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listens to teachers, it is because they are witnesses” (Evangelium Numtiandi, n.41)
Beloved, our conduct and life is what will envangelize the world and not our shouting. You don’t need to tell people you are a Christian, let the conduct of your life tell them you are.
For instance, being a priest is not because of the cassock I wear but because of the sacrament of Holy Orders which I have received. Therefore, whether in cassock or not, I remain a priest and I must live as such.
Also, it is not your presence in Church that makes you a Christian but the fact that you have received baptism. This is what obligates you to live like Christ,
therefore whether in Church or outside, your behavior should be consistent with the gospel virtues demonstrated in the life of Jesus.
Therefore as Christians we preach the gospel of Christ not only by proclaiming it with our words, but also by practising it with our actions and works. That way, our faith will make a deep impression on the world and make the gospel of Christ attractive to those we interact with. Remember, we are called to preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words says St. Francis .