HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF SAINT JEROME WEDNESDAY, WK 26 YR II (30/9/2020

THEME: TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE
The Gospel text of today can be summed up in one word- Procrastination . Procrastination according to Webster’s Dictionary means to put off from day to day, to delay action. To procrastinate is to look forward and backward. The Gospel text of this morning addresses this problem: “To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But he said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (LUKE 9:59-62).

Ancient Agrarian farmers used a single plough to work their fields. One hand guided the plough while the other hand guided the animal pulling the plough. A good ploughman looked forward rather than backward guaranteeing a straight furrow. This is the example Christ used to describe the forward disposition, focus, steadfast, organized, earnest, and undivided disposition that should characterize a true Christian believer. Jesus was simply saying, for you to be productive in life never leave for tomorrow what you can do today for tomorrow may be too late.

Often in life, we tend to focus our attention and entire energy on tomorrow:
Tomorrow I will start saving to build a house
Tomorrow I will start going to Church
Tomorrow I will stop drinking and smoking
Tomorrow I will renounce cultism, stop stealing and robbery
Tomorrow I will marry my wife and settle down
Tomorrow I will return the charm and juju I collected
Tomorrow I will give my life to Christ
Tomorrow I will read for my Exams, there’s still time.

So many persons because of Procrastination and the idea of tomorrow is a better time to do it, have remained single (wifeless & husbandless), others lost their jobs and chances of gaining quality education, some are houseless and frustrated because they failed to make hay while the sun shines. Life is a valley of Decisions. Every Blessed day, we are faced with several choices and decisions to make. Some decisions demand immediate response. Others require time. Stop living under the illusion of tomorrow, the illusion of there’s still time. Think twice and don’t leave for tomorrow what can be done today. Tomorrow belongs to God. Tomorrow is not yet ours. Today is God’s gift to us. Hence, we must bear four things in mind about today:

  1. Today is a gift
  2. Today is a present day
  3. Today is a precious opportunity
  4. Today is passing
    Having all these in mind, we’ll make good use of our moment. Cease your moment is the key phrase here. Leave nothing for tomorrow because tomorrow may be too late!

May St. Jerome intercede for us that we may make good use of our moment. Amen!

GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

CHARLEMAGNE’S WATERSHEDS

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