HOMILY FOR THE EIGHT SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME,YEAR C
THEME : BEYOND THE APPEARANCE
Beloved in Christ, the readings today invites us to be very careful and not take things for granted in our relationship with others . This in the words of Sirach is because a man’s character is revealed when he speaks. This admonition is timely because in Matthew 15:8 we are told this people honour with their lips but their hearts is far from the Lord. Their focus is on appearing to be what they are not and not on what the are- sinners .
My dear friend, the charge on us to look beyond appearances is because not all that glitters is gold. We need to discern between what people do or what they do in our relationship with them. We are in fact warned to be on guard to ensure that we are not blinded by what people say. For a person’s ability to speak so eloquently about God is not a guarantee of the person’s faith in God.
Beloved in Christ, this is a warning we cannot ignore because we can all easily become targets. Also the idea of not being quick at judging people is emphasized by Jesus in the gospel. He therefore charged us to avoid hypocrisy and pride as a means of avoiding being judgemental of others.
Beloved, Jesus also goes further by demanding that we examine our own lives as well. For this is something we can easily ignore should we focus on the lives of others. In other words, think about your own challenges in life and be humbled.
Dear friend, when you concentrate on your own life , although you may be humbled by your own shortcomings and weaknesses, St. Paul in the second reading says don’t be discouraged but rather urge us to strive for holiness aware of our weaknesses. Remember your weakness or shortcoming is not an excuse not to grow in holiness.
Dearly beloved, as we prepare for the season of lent these admonitions are timely, for when we pay heed to them we will discover genuine reason to raise up after every fall and more importantly also we may be strengthened to embrace the discipline of lent.