Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Has God forgotten His creature, which He made in His image and likeness?
The First reading of this Twenty Seven Sunday in Ordinary Time, taken from the Book of Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4, fits pastorally into the narrative of the mood of our country. Human nature has this theological term called concupiscence which means that which is innate in the nature of human beings, if you like, the DNA that is derived from our fore parents of the human race. This in other words is called depravity. This weakness in man is what was restored by the Incarnation, that is, God the Father sent his only begotten Son to humble himself and take the flesh of our blessed Mother, Virgin Mary, so that our depraved nature is divinized, saved and be redeemed. But the truth remains that God has come in the flesh indeed, but it is up you and I, we humans, to collaborate with this gift of God – grace, to truly be human as Jesus was fully human and divine. If we did, then we shall begin to see our relationships from love and hope; not from hate or age long dispute or antagonism. Since the birth of our nation we have suffered distrust, fear and anger. Sometimes these are real, and sometimes these are out of fear and prejudice. But we must accept that we have made great progress, but still our human nature often drags us down. Today, I would want us to prayerfully listen to God once again as He reminds us the reason why He sent His only begotten Son to come and die for all of us, so that we live well in this world and finally live with Him eternally in Heaven.
God speaks to us through Prophet Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4, saying, “How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not intervene. Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and clamorous discord. Then the LORD answered me and said: Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily. For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late. The rash one has no integrity; but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.”
Let us love and not hate; let us try to forgive and strive for better; let us see one another as Christ and not as inferior person. The weakness that we all received from Adam and Eve has indeed wounded us spiritually, but our Lord Jesus Christ is bigger than all these weaknesses, therefore, only a sincere attempt to love and do well can begin to draw us to seeing one another as God’s creature and not some kind of person that came of the outer of space. If our efforts to do better seems to delay, keep on trying, it will surely come! God has not forgotten us, who are His lovely creatures, Amen!
Father Uche Obikwelu