HOMILY, MONDAY, 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
Isaiah 1:10-17, Matthew 10:34-11:1
THEME: HONOUR: THE KEY TO OPEN DOORS
It is not enough knowing who people are. When we know what they are and we recognize the different level of grace which they carry, we will have a share of that grace. Though we are all equal before God, we are not equally blessed.
Someone people, by choice or by divine providence, are more endowed than others. Some, after diligence efforts and having paid the price through all the crosses they have to endure, carry more light than others. In order to share in the fruits of blessings which they carry, we must honour them, or else, we remain locked up in our dungeon of the ingrate. Though God is the source of all blessings, he uses man to bless man.
A priest, for example, is somebody’s son; he is a brother or an uncle to someone. His family members can only share in the benefits of the dimensions of his life which they honour. If they see him as a son, he plays the role of a son, and they enjoy the benefits of a son from him. If they recognize his priestly office; they will share in his priestly blessings. Hence, we must not look at people on their face value and trivialize what they stand to offer.
“In a large house there are dishes and bowls of all kinds: some are made of silver and gold, others of wood and clay; some are for special occasions, others for ordinary use.” 2 Timothy 2:20
Therefore, it is good to give honour to whom honour is due. It is a divine principle that makes us sharers in whatever we appreciate. In today’s’ gospel, the Lord said,
“He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he his righteous man shall receives a righteous man reward. And whoever gives to one of these little one even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
O Lord, I don’t have it all. I don’t know it all. Help me to recognise your hands in others. May I not waste your grace upon me. Kindly grant me the grace that commands respect for your law, that through me, your people will be richly blessed. Thy kingdom come. Amen.