HOMILY OF MONDAY WK 22 OF ORDINARY TIME YR II (31/8/2020)

 

 THEME: HUMAN WISDOM OR POWER OF GOD: WHERE RESTS YOUR FAITH?

Human knowledge is limited and Human wisdom imperfect. If we bear this in mind we’ll easily understand the admonition St. Paul gives to the people of Corinth today: _When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling… that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God_ (1 Cor. 2:1-5).

This was the problem of the people of Jesus’ hometown. Jesus presents himself as their long awaited messiah, redeemer and liberator; he tells them that, he’s the fulfilment of the Prophecy of Isaiah (cf. Is. 61:1ff). At first, they were astonished at his wisdom, but later on, they allowed their previous knowledge of him as the Carpenter’s son become a stumbling block to experiencing and encountering the power of God. This is what Francis Bacon calls the idol of the mind.

Many of us are guilty of this problem of Jesus’s hometown- resting our faith on human wisdom. We believe we know all about people, hence, we write them off as them no commot road ; we get so use to the things of God that we decide for him the channel(s) to use and bless us. We hear statements like, when dem finish Rosary, I go enter inside Church. Today, na anointing mass, I no go miss.

Dear friends, our God is a mysterious God. You can never understand nor predict him. It’s always in the most unlikely of places, the least expected of avenues and channels, through the most unworthy and unqualified of persons that he manifests his power and blesses his people. Let your faith thence, rest not in human wisdom but on the power of God and your breakthrough is sure!

 PRAYER: Lord bless + us and bless + our new week. Amen!

 GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY NEW WEEK

CHARLEMAGNE’S WATERSHEDS

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