HOMILY FOR THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR 1 (19/4/2021)

HOMILY FOR THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR 1 (19/4/2021)

EXODUS 14:5-18; PSALM – EXODUS 15:1-6; MATTHEW 12:38-42

The people’s hardness of heart was seen in the first reading and in the gospel reading. Despite the many miracles our Lord worked for them, they demanded for more signs. In the first reading the Hebrews forgot all the Lord has done for them, rather than trusting in God’s power to deliver them they murmured against God and complained against Moses. In the Gospel, the people were searching for signs in order for them to believe Christ’s divinity. Christians today are always searching for signs and wonders. Many Christians are wandering about searching for signs. Many pastors are out there manifesting various signs in the name of “Christ” to satisfy this adulterous search. Christ likens himself to Jonah who spent three days in the belly of the whale. This implies that the greatest sign for Christians is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the basis of our faith.  Therefore, searching for signs implies ingratitude and hardness of heart.  Beloved, seek Jesus not signs.

THE MEMORARE

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 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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