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Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Tuesday Week 17 Ordinary time - July 28, 2020

JEREMIAH 14:17-22, Matthew 13:36-43


Going through the first reading of today, the situation in our society especially a country like Nigeria easily comes to mind. Listening to or reading the news every day, one just gets the feeling that we can never get it right. Is it the way Covid-19 pandemic situation in Nigeria is being handled that has made many people to start doubting if the virus actually exists, or the corruption saga in the NNPC, EFCC, NDDC and other agencies? A day without any discomforting news seems abnormal in our society today. This has made many people to think that God has abandoned his people.
This was also the hopeless situation to prophet Jeremiah faced in the first reading of today. The people of Israel were surprised that God seemed not to bother about what happened to them. Many of them died out of hunger, some out of war, corruption, carelessness, sickness and diseases. They were in constant fear of their neighbours because there was no peace among them. It was as if they were already living in hell on earth.
It is also time for us to look back at how we have been faithful to the demands of our faith in God. Have we abandoned his ways to do our own thing? God has power over everything, but unless we repent from the evils we have caused ourselves and others, and resolve to make amends, we may never truly see the light. For those who are suffering the evils caused by others, let us take courage because there is light at the end of the tunnel, just as light will come in the morning no matter how dark the night is.  May almighty God grant us the grace to trust in him in the darkness so that we may rejoice in the light. Amen. God help us.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP

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