HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C
ISAIAH 6:1-2a, 3-8
THEME : UNWORTHY BUT CALLED AND SENT
Beloved in Christ, our readings today invite us to reflect on the mercy of God as well as man’s unworthiness for the service of God. Mother church on this day is calling us to come to God just as we are and not run away from God because we are sinners.
Hence , though we are unworthy, God did not abandon or reject us but He invites us to a relationship with Him.
Beloved, though 1 Samuel 2:2 says ‘there is none holy as the Lord and Isaiah 64:6 adds that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags, we are not rejected but called and sent by God.
This reminds me of one famous song by JIM REEVES entitled “TROUBLE IN THE AMEN CORNER”; where he tells the story of one brother Ayer who was sacked from the choir by the pastor and the church committee because his voice was horrible and brother Ayer asked if in heaven God will also sack him if he tried to sing. Well the answer from the readings of today is this God will never sack us. This is an affirmation that we need the grace and the blessings of God to succeed.
This notwithstanding, man always tries to explain why he cannot take a stand for God and fulfil his divine calling.
For instance , Isaiah claimed he was unclean. But the message from God is until you do my will, I will not give up on you. It is therefore clear that the qualification to work for God does not come from you but from God. Hence , it is not your personal achievement but by the grace of God.
Therefore Paul is right when he says “by the grace of God, I am what I am and his grace toward me has not been in vain. Consequently, the proper attitude toward God’s gift of forgiveness and mercy is some sort of action that shows our thankfulness or gratitude and love.