HOMILY FOR FRIDAY: SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Meditation Psalm 80:19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

HOMILY FOR FRIDAY: SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Jeremiah 3:14-17; Psalm – Jeremiah 31:1-13; Matthew 13:18-23

The first reading presents us with the message of restoration. God  called his people from sin and faithlessness in order to restore them to Zion. The gospel passage continues with this theme of restoration in the parable of the sower. We are called to be like the good soil that guarantees production and fruitfulness. Therefore, if we must be productive and fruitful in this kingdom and have a place in Zion; we must ensure that our hearts are free from all distractions and we must express inner conviction in the Word of God.

PRAYER FOR RESTORATION IN EVERY AREA OF LIFE

Heavenly Father, I feel I have wasted so many years of my life pursuing wrong things and getting involved with worldly activities, fleshly pursuits and the various temporary things of life, while neglecting the important spiritual issues, that are eternal and lasting.  I ask for Your forgiveness and pray that in Your grace You would restore to me the years that the locusts have eaten, the years that I have foolishly wasted. Lord, I want to be a good and faithful servant when I stand before Your throne, and I know that most if not all of the good works I have done are likely to be burned up, knowing that I have been striving in the flesh instead of resting in You and letting Your Holy Spirit live and work through me. Restore to me the heavenly joy and inner peace that has been evading me. Help me to focus on the eternal rather than the temporal and from this day forward, may I start to live my life in a way that you would have me live. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.

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