HOMILY OF MONDAY OF THE SIXTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B
Genesis 4:1-15.25, mark 8:11-13
THEME: THE CONSEQUENCES OF INGRATITUDE
Our sense gratitude will always be evident in the quality of our offering and service. Ungrateful people will hardly recognize the brain behind their survival. Even in the midst of abundance and the best of gifts, they are always in lack, as their sense of generosity is impaired by their low self esteem.
Wallowing in this valley of ingratitude, Cain presented to God the offering that has no regard. He was not accepted by God. He gave to the Lord only what his heart could afford him. it is clear that we cannot give more than our sense of gratitude. The more we count our blessings and recognize them as such, the more we grow in generosity. The less we think of ourselves, the bitterer we become.
More so, if we do not take time to calculate how much the Lord has done for us, we may run the risk of poking into the affairs of others who we think are doing better than us.
Cain killed Abel out of jealousy and God punished him. He became a fugitive. His jealousy for his own brother aggravated into anger and the anger led him to commit murder, despite God’s warning to him. The Lord said, “why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door, its desire is for you, but you must master it.” When we refuse to accept our fault, we will give breeding space for evil in our heart. Because, evil begets evil.
May the Lord help us to have a healthy evaluation of ourselves? May we grow to understand the work of God in our lives, that we may give him fitting homage. Amen.