Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Wednesday Week 19 Ordinary time - August 12, 2020

 

WEDNESDAY 19TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II

Ezekiel 9:1-7,10:18-22, Matthew 18:15-20

 

WILL YOU FORGIVE?

 

One of the things we can be sure will happen to us as human beings, is the fact that no matter how good our friendship with someone is, there will be a time of quarrel and disagreement. It is difficult to see people who live together not have misunderstandings at one point or the other. Many people who were friends before have become great enemies as a result of a simple issue that was not well resolved.

In the gospel reading of today, Jesus teaches us ways in which we can settle with one another amicably without making issues out of nothing. The first recommendation by Jesus is personal dialogue. Some people may feel that they have been wronged by others, they will be angry and may even go and discuss it with other people, but they never care to meet the person they are angry with. We have to engage in personal dialogue with those who have wronged us. The person may have done it innocently without knowing that we have been hurt.

It cannot be taken for granted that some people are troublesome  and difficult to deal with, if meeting the person without telling any other person about it does not work out, we can look for someone whom our offender respects and holds in high esteem to help settle it. The misunderstanding will most likely be resolved at this stage. If for any reason the issue is still not resolved,  the Christian community can now be involved. The presence of some church members and leader should bring about the reconciliation.

Anyone who refuses to listen to personal dialogue, a reputable person and the entire church is not a Christian and should be treated as a pagan.

If there is someone you are angry with today because  of what he/she had done and you are both becoming lifelong enemies, take the step today and dialogue with  him/her. Accept your mistakes  and contribution to the situation, and you will win them back and live a happy life. God help us. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Tuesday Week 19 Ordinary time - August 11, 2020

 

TUESDAY 11TH AUGUST 2020

MEMORIAL OF ST. CLARE

Ezekiel 2:8-3:4, Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14

 

HOW CAN WE BECOME LIKE CHILDREN?

 

Many of us can still remember how life was when we were much younger. As little children growing up with our parents, we were so innocent, and we trusted our parents that they are planning the best for us. We did not bother so much about many things, once we had eaten, we are fine. As we grew older, we began to seek positions and material possessions, we started claiming our entitlements and we keep malice.

In the gospel reading of today, we see that the Apostles as adults were not free of the adult tendency. They came to ask Jesus who was greater in his kingdom. Jesus used the opportunity to teach us to return to our childlike character. The innocence of heart, total trust and dependence on our parents should now be directed to God. We should maintain our holiness and innocence and trust God for all we need and that he is doing the best for us.

This was the type of life St Clare lived. At age 18, she had already decided to dedicate her life to christ. Influenced by St Francis of Assisi who is from the same place with her, she formed a monastery of nuns who dedicated their lives to prayer. St Clare formed them to be contemplative, always seeking the face of God and entrusting everything to him. She was like a mother to her nuns and showed them God's love and affection until her death in 1253. May the Lord help us to serve him well in the days of our youth, and to grant us the grace to always be young at heart in the practice of our Christian faith. God help us. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Monday Week 19 Ordinary time - August 9, 2020

 

MONDAY 10TH AUGUST 2020

FEAST OF ST LAWRENCE

2 Corinthians 9:6-10, John 12: 24-26

 

The best gift you can give is your life.

 

Today the church celebrates the feast of St Lawrence. He was one of the 7 deacons of the church of Rome. As a deacon, he was a servant of the people of God, especially to take care of the poor and needy. He carried out his work very well to secure the property of the church. In the eyes of many people, they believe  that the church has a lot of money. They believe so because they do not know the amount of charitable works the church does. Many people who are not Christians in governmental organisations have even been advocating for the church to be paying tax to the government as if it is a social or economic establishment.

In the year 258AD, there was a persecution of the church. Pope Sixtus II was captured and was martyred alongside others because he refused to allow them to vandalize the treasures of the church. The church was therefore secured by St Lawrence who was only a deacon at this time. When the pagan emperor came to him to ask for the treasures of the church, he asked for a few days to gather it together. St Lawrence gathered all the poor and sick people that the church was cathering for  and presented them to the emperor as the treasures of the church. This action infuriated the emperor that he ordered that Lawrence be executed on the 10th of August 258AD. His heroic witness to the faith has made him an outstanding martyr of the church and he was celebrated even more than pope sixtus II in the early church. 50 years after his death, the Christian emperor Constantine built the basilica of St Lawrence over his tomb.

Lawrence was very generous with his life, time, energy and resources to the poor and needy. As a deacon who is to serve the poor, indigent and sick, he learnt how to give even the last of what he had. This is why he was able to give his life for the poor and the church.

St Paul tells us in the first reading of today that God loves a cheerful giver. Those who store up what they have and do not give only get poorer. When you give, God blesses you the more. When you are used to giving, you will have in abundance. Your good deeds will never be forgotten.

As Jesus says in the gospel reading of today, we should not be afraid to give all that we have, even our lives. Even if we die like st Lawrence, we will be like a seed that dies to grow and yield a rich harvest. St Lawrence gave up his life, but he gained eternal life. God help us to be generous with what we have, even our lives. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP.

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Wednesday Week 19 Ordinary time - August 12, 2020

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