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Homily for the Sixth Sunday, ordinary time B

13 Feb 2021, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Sermons

The word of God is alive and still very active; it spoke to our fathers and speaks to us today. God talked about a kind of disease that turns into leprosy, and as we heard in our first reading, God explains to Moses how to recognize this disease. The same God is talking again in our days about a bacterial that turns into COVID-19.

Dear friends, it’s about one year since we woke up to face the reality of a strange virus, a virus that is not only fighting the flesh but the soul as well. This strange virus has forced Church doors closed, but I’m glad that our God is a God that appears behind a closed door. When fear forced the apostles to close the door against themselves, God appeared in their midst (Jn. 20:19).

The Lord explained to Moses how to recognize leprosy and what the leprous person was to do. The Lord speaks to us today as people of the New Covenant not to be afraid but have confidence in his presence, thanks to the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ that brings us salvation. He reminds us that COVID-19 and its scourge shouldn’t be a force in our time to clothe us in torn clothes as in the Old Covenant. We are people of the New Covenant, a people who may be knocked down but not crushed. We are not people who are separated from their God by leprosy or any other kind of disease, not even the CIOVID-19. In our gospel reading this morning, a courageous leprous man approached Jesus even though the doors to the synagogues were all closed against him. The closed doors did not hinder him from moving forward, and the closed doors could not prevent his experience of the divine. This courageous leprous man called on the name of the Lord; he did not sit lamenting over his situation, and how the synagogue officials treated him, he approached the Lord.

We live in a dangerous and scary world, but the earth and its fullness remain a creation of God. COVID-19 may become a weapon in the hands of the enemies of the gospel, yet, God is our help. Our God is a God who appears behind a closed door, a God who is approachable, and a God who can heal and restores.

As we continue to celebrate the Eucharist and the greatness of our God, let the closed doors of the Church not become a barrier between you and the power of God. Let us unite our faith as sons and daughters of God that we are and call on God to heal and restore our land. I know our faith has been challenged, but we are Christians; we are fighters in the name of Christ.

Though Jesus healed the leprous man in our gospel passage this morning, He directed him to show himself to the priest and offer the required sacrifice in obedience to the law. The healing power of God is not in opposition to the authority of our civic and religious leaders; in our obedience to our leaders, let our keels not be far from the ground. Let’s continue to pray for the healing of our world. Let’s commend the faithful departed to the mercy of God, healing for the sick and our front liners to the protection of the Almighty.

  • Nwaka Ebere Reply

    Quite inspiring and encouraging homily. Always a privilege to drink from your well of knowledge. Please, do not allow the ink to dry.

    God bless you more with wisdom and knowledge of the Word!

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