THURSDAY THIRTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II
Amos 7:10-17, MATTHEW 9:1-8
If you have not been hated before for saying the truth, you may not understand what the prophet Amos is passing through in the first reading of today. As a true Christian, there would be moments in life when what people will say or do to you will not be your concern. Your priority will only be the truth. This is also what priests of God should also be ready to face. As a priest for example, it is expected that I tell people the truth about their lives. Lying to people so that they will be happy will be very disastrous at the long run.
In the first reading of today, the prophet Amos told the king to repent, less the nation go into exile. Words were sent to the king of Israel to banish Amos from the land. The response of Amos is very captivating and it represents who a true priest and prophet of God is. The priesthood is not a profession, but a vocation which only those called by God can attain. Amos told Amaziah that he did not choose to be a prophet, he was a shepherd when God called him. Instead of hunting those who tell us the truth, let us look into our lives and repent. God help us. Amen
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP