HOMILY FOR SATURDAY THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR 1 (24/7/2021)

HOMILY FOR SATURDAY THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR 1 (24/7/2021)

Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 50; Matthew 13:24-30

 

The Gospel reading today presents us with the Parable of the Weeds. The parable says “a man sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.” This shows that there are hostile and aggressive powers working in the world; seeking and waiting to destroy good seeds. You don’t need to offend an enemy before he comes to attack. The parable did not say the man with the good seed offended the one who came to plant weed. An enemy does not wait for an offence; that is why we must always be on our guard as Christians. 1Pet. 5: 8 says “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Be alert!

The gospel says in Matt.13:25 that while men were sleeping the enemy planted weed. We must be awake spiritually to ensure no one comes to plant evil in our faith, in our heart, in our family, in our children, in our church, and in our schools. We have to be vigilant to know the kind of friends our children keep; we have to know the content of their phones, the site they visit and the movies they see; the groups they belong to on Whatsapp and Facebook. This may sound funny but it is the truth, many children are bad today because they came in contact with bad seeds, bad friends and bad classmates. Be on your guard, don’t allow the enemy to sow bad seeds amongst your good seeds.

Lastly, in life good and bad abound (Wheat and weeds). What category do we belong to? At harvest the wheat shall be separated from the weed. This is an indication that at judgment the good will be separated from the bad and the bad will be thrown into hell. Beloved, before judgment we have all the time to repent and turn from our evil ways.

LET US PRAY

Show favor, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

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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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