Saturday, November 21, 2020

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for the Thirty-Fourt Sunday in Ordinary time Year A - November 22, 2020 - Christ the King

SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2020

LAST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

SOLEMNITY  OF CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17

Psalm 22:1-3,5-6

1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28

Matthew 25:31-46

JESUS IS OUR TRUE KING

Today we celebrate the solemnity of Jesus the ideal king and servant leader and shepherd of the whole universe. We truly live in a world today where true leadership is lacking. Every government is suffering from bad leadership. Many people are crying that things are not going as they should be.

In the first reading of today, we see a very clear case of injustice and oppression of the common people by the leaders. Instead of caring for the sheep, the shepherds were taking the little left for them. The little which is meant for the people are diverted to personal use or stored and kept away from them. The paliatives for the poor which were stored and kept away from the people is a very clear example. The religious parlance may not be totally free of this too as we have many people parading themselves as men of God, but are after personal gain.

We all have our own faults too. How are you carrying out the little tasks entrusted to you too? Are you seeking your own interest or that of the people?

Many human kingdoms have collapsed because of dictatorships and personal interests. In 1925 after the world wars, the church started the celebration of Christ the King to bring to our consciousness that christ is our true king and leader, only him will lead us to green pasture.

Jesus tells us in Mark10:41-45 that positions of authority are for service, not to lord it over people because Jesus came to serve and not to be served.

In the second reading, St Paul shows us more clearly how much Jesus served us here on earth to the extent of giving up his life to free us from sin and death.

In the gospel reading, Jesus tells us to also serve one another. Jesus is not asking for too much from us, but that we should learn from him and serve one another especially the poor, needy and sick

Despite all that we have passed through this year, we still have a reason to thank our king and saviour. Acclaim him today as the king of kings and lord of lords. God help us. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP

Fr. Emmanuel Megwara, MSP - Homily for the Thirty-Fourt Sunday in Ordinary time Year A - November 22, 2020 - Christ the King

  DATE : 22/11/2020

 EVENT : 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Or The Solemnity of the Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

 COLOUR: WHITE

 READINGS : Ezek. 34:11-12.15-17; Responsorial Psalm 23:1-2a.2b-3.5.6; 1Cor. 15:20-26.28; Gospel Accl. Mark 11:9b.10a Matthew 25:31-46.

  THEME: GET READY TO STAND BEFORE THE JUDGEMENT THRONE OF KING JESUS

  INTRODUCTION:

                   Greetings beloved people of God and fellow pilgrims. I welcome you to the 34th Sunday in the Ordinary time of the Church. (An Ordinary time is the season when the Church has no particular celebration). This Sunday beloved friends, I wish to reflect with us on the theme, " Get Ready to Stand Before the Judgement Throne of King Jesus". Beloved, about thirty four weeks ago, we entered the ordinary season of the Church and with the celebration of Christ the King today, technically speaking, we have come to the end of the Church's calendar year. The Church in her wisdom has set aside this Sunday for us to reflect on the Kingship of Christ, who will come at the close of the ages to judge the living and the dead and to give to each person, what his conducts deserves. The truism about life is that whatever has a begining has an end, and we shall give an account of our lives to Him who seats on the throne.

     Today dear friends, the Church wants us to reflect deeply not so much on Christ the Universal king, but on our lives as attendants of  Christ. Unlike most world leaders, presidents, kings and rulers, who lord it over the people and wield their power to the detriment of their citizens, Christ the King of kings per excellence has come to set us an example of love, of sacrifice, of patience, of tolerance, and of mercy. So that we can follow after his steps. As a king, he loves us, he watches over us, he tends to our needs, he cares for us, he sacrificed for us, he bleed for us, he suffered so much for us, and he died for us. Thus, because he has done all these for us, he requires us to do the same to each other.

    Beloved, the common denominator that underscores all that we are called upon to do so as to be able to stand ready before the judgement seat of Christ the King is LOVE. When the Lord Jesus comes again as Judge and Ruler over all, he will call each one of us to stand before his seat of judgment to answer the question: Who did you love and put first in this life? Yourself, God or your neighbour. How much love did you spend? How much sacrifices did you make for your neighbour? Hear me child of God, if we entrust our lives to the Lord Jesus today, and allow his Holy Spirit to purify our hearts and fill us with love, then he will give us the grace, strength, and freedom to walk and live each day in the power of his merciful love and goodness. So, let us entrust our lives into the hands of the merciful Saviour and King, who gave his life for us. And let us ask the him to increase our faith, hope, and love so that we may be found worthy to reign with him in his glory. God bless you

OH that today you would listen to His voice, harden not your heart (Ps. 95:7-8).

 LET US PRAY: Lord Jesus, be the Master and Ruler of my life. May your love rule in my heart that I may only think, act, and speak with charity and good will for all...Amen

 HAPPY SUNDAY TO YOU BELOVED FRIENDS

 @ Fada Emmanuel Nnamdi Megwara, MSP.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Fr. Martin Eke, MSP - Homily for the Thirty-Fourt Sunday in Ordinary time Year A - November 22, 2020

 

Homily of Thirty-Fourth Sunday, Christ the King of Year A, 2020

 

 Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46

 

The feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, not long after the end of the First World War. The pope established the feast as a statement of faith against the prevailing ideologies of communism and secularism at that time. The two ideologies attempted to exclude faith, religion and God from humanity. This feast is even more relevant to us now that we face many anti-Christian and anti-Catholic ideologies like secularism, materialism, relativism, anti-clericalism, and persecution of Christians. By celebrating this feast, we are upholding the teachings of the Scripture, the teachings of the Church and to continue to proclaim Jesus Christ as our leader and king.

 

The kingship of Jesus is clearly stated in the Scripture: The King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15); the ruler of the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5); he is the Lord of lords and King of kings (Revelation 17:14). Jesus declared in Matthew 28:18, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” In Philippians 2:9-10, St. Paul writes, “God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…”

 

The people of Jesus’ time did not understand that the earthly kingship of Jesus was not political but spiritual.  His disciples asked him before he ascended into heaven, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). The Pharisees had, also, asked him when the kingdom of God would come. Jesus’ reply gives us a good understanding of his earthly kingship we are celebrating today: “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:21).

 

This means that the universal kingdom is not remote in a distant land, or in the heavens, or across the sea. The universal kingdom is within us, around us, and among us; in our homes, our parishes, our churches, our neighborhoods, our institutions, our work places, our business places, our market places, our gatherings, our environments, and so on.

 

The first reading is Prophet Ezekiel’s prophecy of Jesus’ universal kingship. He came to the cloudy and dark world to die in order to save the scattered sheep. He came to seek out and bring back the strayed, to bind up the injured, to heal the sick. Jesus is no longer physically with us; but by his Spirit, Word, and Sacraments he empowers, us, his followers to continue his saving works.  

 

Jesus confers his power and authority on his followers by declaring in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.” Mark 16:17-18, “These signs will accompany those who believe in my name: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 

As his Christians, we are kingly people (1 Peter 2:9); we are co-heirs of the kingdom with Jesus (Romans 8:17); and we are to reign with him (2 Timothy 2:11). Jesus can only rule the universe through us if we take up this power and use it. As we read in the Gospel, it is with this power we are able to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and care for the sick and prisoners.

 

The accolades in the above paragraph (kingly people, co-heirs, reign with him) bestowed on us, Christians, must not be for nothing, especially, in the face of so much affliction in the world; further polluted by non-Christian vicious lies, deceptions, and ideologies. We must respond, positively, to this urgent invitation from Jesus: “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force” (Matthew 11:12). St. Paul challenges us to cast away the spirit of cowardice (2 Timothy 1:7), and take up the power and the force Jesus has given to us, to stand firm as kingly people and co-heirs, to reign with him, and to confront the sufferings, the ills, the decadence, and the violence in our world. It is by so doing, the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe is meaningfully celebrated.

 

Fr. Martin Eke, MSP

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary time Year A - November 15, 2020

 

23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A

Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31

Psalm 127:1-5

1 Thess 5:1-6

Matthew 25:14-30

 

BE READY TO USE YOUR TALENTS JUDICIOUSLY

 

If you have experienced armed robbery attack before, the readings of today will be very clear to you. Robbers catch people unawares, at moments when they are very vulnerable and least suspect it. If you know that armed robbers will come to your house, you will either not sleep in your house that night or you will be very much prepared for them.

It could be very surprising to hear St Paul in the second reading of today describe the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ like that of a thief. According to him, we should be on our guard so that that day will not overtake us and be like a thief who just suddenly enters the house. When thieves attack, it is very disastrous. For those who have not prepared for the coming of our Lord, it will be a disastrous day for them.

In the gospel reading of today, Jesus tells us that we all have been given what we need to prepare us for his coming. We have been given different gifts to trade with, he is going to ask us when he returns what we have done with our talents. Some of us are jealous of the gifts of others and thinking that our own is not as much as theirs; what is important is what we have done with the little we have. Whether as doctors, lawyers, professors,  drivers,  gateman or whatever profession. What matters is how best we have traded with our talents.

In the first reading of today, we see an example of a perfect house wife; she did everything well as a housewife and the whole household and community was blessed and at peace. We ask God for the grace to do his will always, with the gifts he has entrusted to us. God help us. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP