Homily for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A 2023 by Fr Emmanuel Ochigbo
Music Credit: "The Key to Freedom" by Sr. Jessica Igbokwe
When you compare Christianity with other religions, you will discover one thing that is unique to Christianity.
And it is the fact that Christianity is not just about a set of teachings.
It is primarily about a person.
And the person is Jesus Christ.
You will also discover that in Christianity the teacher and the teaching are one Jesus is not separate from his teaching.
He is the same as his teaching last Sunday.
We encountered the beginning of the public Ministry of Jesus, and he began by inviting followers by calling his new disciples by recruiting disciples and to each of them.
He said, come follow me.
He did not say, come.
Let me teach you something, but he said, come follow me.
And the aim the goal of the following is an ontological change.
He invited followers that he might bring about a transformation in his followers that they may become one with him.
So now in Christianity, we have three becoming one the teacher the teaching, and the thought the teacher the teaching and the disciple are one in Christianity.
So last Sunday, it was the recruitment of disciples.
This Sunday, we now have the formation of the disciples Jesus is now forming the disciples gradually to become like him.
And so today we are in a new school.
And it is the school of Beatitudes on the mountain of Beatitudes, Jesus begins the formation of the new disciples, Archbishop Ford and Shane identifies two related mountains in the Gospels, according to Archbishop Fort and Shane.
The teacher who taught the beatitude on the mountain of Beatitudes will later, climb Another Mountain, the mountain of Calvary to practice, the beatitude in the beatitude.
He taught blessed are the poor in spirit.
The blessed is translated from the Greek macarioi and the Macario that is translated into English as blessed can also be rendered in English as happy.
And that is why in some translations of the Bible you would read blessed are the poor in spirit while other translations will say happy are the poor in spirit blessed and happy are translating the same Greek word Macario.
So the invitation of Jesus Christ to his disciples is an invitation to a life of happiness and the happiness here is the happiness that the world cannot give to us.
And the happiness that the world cannot take away from us for if the world cannot give us such happiness.
The world does not have the capacity the capability to take away that happiness from us.
The beatitude primarily form the portrait of Jesus for when Jesus taught the beatitude to the disciples.
What he was saying is look.
This is me.
This is my picture.
So the beatitude, the portrait of Jesus Christ and by presenting his portraits to his disciples.
He was saying this is how I want you to be.
This is who I want you to be.
And it began by saying, blessed are the poor in spirit.
And who is this poor in spirit? Not long after Jesus said, this you'll realize one of the scribes coming to tell Jesus I will follow you wherever you go to and Jesus said, foxes have their holes the birds of the sky have their nest.
But the son of man has nowhere to lay his head in other words, the son of man is homeless, the son of man is poor.
So the poor here originally is Jesus, Christ himself and it's inviting his disciples into that life.
He goes on to say, blessed are those who mourn.
And who is he referring to here originally, the prophet Isaiah talked about him saying or described him as a man of sorrow familiar with suffering.
Jesus goes on again, to say, blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.
And who is this Peacemaker? You remember the prophet Isaiah when he prophesied about Jesus Christ, he said, For unto us.
A child is born For unto us.
The son is given, and it will be called Wonder.
Counselor he'll be called The Prince of Peace.
So Jesus is a peacemaker for excellence at the end of The Gospel towards the end of the Gospel of Mark you'll realize that Jesus Christ at the end of his crucifixion when he gave up the spirit when he died on the cross one of the centurions, the Centurion who was there said of him, This truly was the son of God.
He identified Jesus as the Son of God.
So when Jesus said, blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.
He was referring to himself, and he was inviting his disciples to be like him.
He went on again to say, blessed are the meek.
And who is the meek that is referring to here? You remember at the point he would teach and he would invite people to come follow him and say, come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest shoulder.
My yoke and learn from me for my yoke is easier my body and light for I.
Am meek and humble of heart.
So we can take it on that way until the end and we'll realize that Jesus was actually painting his own portrait.
It was a picture of himself that he was presenting to his disciples.
And at the same time, inviting his disciples to be like him.
So it's, not just about the teaching.
It is about an ontological change for those who Embrace this call to become followers of Christ.
Jesus also went on to make it clear to his disciples that the world would treat you the way they treated me for if the world did not receive me, the world will not receive you.
And your reaction to the world should be the way I have reacted to the world.
So that your reward will be the same as the reward I have received.
And so as Christians, we have to ask ourselves as Christians I, ask you have you received the keys that blistered have you been betrayed by someone who was very dear to you? Have you been betrayed by someone that you saved in the past? Have you been let down by your most? Trusted ones, Jesus invites you to compare notes with him.
He knows what it means for he went through the same.
And as you reflect on your lives and compare to what Jesus went through Jesus is also presenting the challenge to you that your response to the world should be the same as his response to the world, the early Christians hidden the call.
If you look at the event of the martyrdom of Stephen, you realize that Stephen responded the way Jesus responded praying for those who persecuted him Paul and Silas were in prison instead of causing the ended up singing and praising God.
And so my dearly beloved in Christ, The, Challenge pours before us today is Christianity is not just about head.
Christianity is about the transformation of life that we may become one with Jesus.
You remember the story I shared with you a few times.
Now, the story of the Monk and the Scorpion, the monk who was reflecting and praying by the Riverside.
He saw his scorpion that was being swept by the flood into the river.
And he ran bent down and picked the Scorpion to save the Scorpion from drowning, but the Scorpions stung him.
He threw the Scorpion on the ground and tried to nurse his hand.
And the second time he went down again to pick the Scorpion, the Scorpion stung him.
He threw the Scorpion on the ground and tried to nurse his finger.
He went down for the third time and trying to pick this Scorpion.
And someone who was observing what was happening ran to him and said, monk are you out of your mind? You've tried twice to save this Scorpion and his tongue you.
And you are going the third time.
And the monk said, it is a scorpion I.
Am a monk.
It is the nature of the Scorpion to sting.
It is the nature of the Monk to love to save let the Scorpion keep on stinging.
And let the monk go on loving let.
The monk go on saving my dear friends, I am not in any way suggesting to you that after listening to me.
Now you go in search of scorpions to pick them up with your bare hands.
The point I am making here is as Christians haven't been ontologically transformed to become one with Christ.
We must not allow our sweetness to be contaminated by the bitterness of others.
Remember? The invitation we have received from Jesus is the invitation to a life of Happiness, a life of blessedness, the happiness that the world cannot give to us and the happiness that the world cannot take away from us in order to obtain this happiness.
We must make sure we keep these two rules rule.
Number one never give up on doing the right thing.
Number two, always remember rule number one, the Lord be with you I may almighty God, bless you, the father and the son and the holy spirit amen.
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Lord in your mercy
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