HOMILY FOR THE 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B
THEME: CALLED AS PROPHETS
Beloved in Christ, this morning Mother Church is inviting us to reflect on our calling as prophets and its implications for our Christian life.
Beloved , prophets are called by God and are sent by God with a specific message for a specific people. They are sent to preach the word of God and not their own message. This explains why God told Ezekiel not to worry whether they listen to him or not; his duty was to preach, reminding them that God is still around.
Beloved in Christ, our gospel this morning also tells us that the people of Nazareth thought of Jesus as not worthy of a hearing for two reasons :
1.Is he not the carpenter’s son; a reference to the fact that Jesus is someone who works with his hands and an affirmation of the perception that people who work with their hands are incapable of any level of intellectual capacity which could command respect.
2. The son of Mary is a reference to the fact that they were so familiar with Jesus. Also it is a phrase of ridicule since it refers to Jesus in a way as a bastard or an illegitimate child. For in their culture children are identified by their father’s lineage and not that of the mother.
Consequently, Jesus was rejected on account of his background (family) and social standing (occupation ). Most of us Christians today expect to see God in the extraordinary events of life. Therefore when God comes to us in the ordinary events of everyday life we fail to recognise him.
Beloved, like Jesus, Ezekiel also tells us how frustrating it is to be called God’s spokesperson and to realise that people will not listen; either because of their familiarity with us or their own perceptions about us . However , we are not to give up but to proclaim God .
My dear friends, my presence is to remind you that heaven is real, holiness is our calling as Christians, prayer is the means through which we talk to God and God also talks to us and that love should be the foundation of everything we do, for we are one big family.
Beloved, to achieve this the gospel reading of today tells us not to look down on anybody because of his or her background and occupation.
But sadly the Ghanaian Christian expects to see a prophet of miracles and extraordinary events and sweet talk and not the prophet as the God’s spokesman.
Beloved, take a look at your fingers ,though they are not the same they are all important with a specific mandate . Hence we need to celebrate the fact of being different and use it for the glory of God.
Let us therefore pray for the grace to influence each other to do good and also to relate to each other not with prejudice and hearsay .