THE GLORY IN MAINTAINING A DONKEY PROFILE: Fr Femi Victor Orilua, CSSp

HOMILY, SUNDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A

Zechariah 9:9-10, Rom 8:9.11-13, Matthew 11:25-30

THEME: THE GLORY IN MAINTAINING A DONKEY PROFILE

Every office is a platform to serve. It takes humility to serve. It takes a donkey profile to maintain an exalted position. To maintain a position of honour, one needs to be humble and be ready to learn. Pride brings down those who take vain glory in their exalted position.

He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.” Luke 1:52

The secret of the kingdom belongs to the humble; those who do not place any kind of pride in their own knowledge,

In today’s gospel, the Lord prayed,

I thank you father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to infants.” Matthew 11:25

If your cup is full, you can’t take in more. God; the source of all knowledge reveals the truth of himself to those whose hearts are open and fertile for his words.

In our first reading today, we read,

Your king comes to you triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on donkey, on colt the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9

He will not ride on a horse, for his not out to fight. He rides on a donkey, a beast of burden, for he has come to serve and not to be served. A donkey is an animal of the horse family with short legs and long hears. People ride or use them to carry heavy loads.  Mark 10:45

Every office we occupy is honourable; every role we play in God’s name is glorious. These are means of service. With Christ, we can. No matter the burden, as long as we are ready to learn from the Lord, our oil for service will always be fresh.

In the gospel, he assures,

Come to me, all who labour and are heaven y laden, and i will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

PRAYER

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine.

 

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