St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

P.O. Box 1748, 1927 RR 1431,

Kingsland TX 78643

Office: 325-388-3742

Lee Hall: 325-388-0397

email:stcharles@nctv.com

Pastor:
Reverend Father Uche Evaristus Obikwelu

Mission: Our Lady of the Lake

120 RR 2233,

Sunrise Beach TX 78643,

4 miles off TX Hwy 71

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2017

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2017

The Word of God is Amazing!

 The Book of Hebrews reminds us thus, “For the word of God is alive and active. It is sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12). Have you ever experienced a     feeling of self-guilt, or self-confidence during the homily, based on how the preacher’s message affects you? If you have, then you have personally experienced what the above   quotation is referring to.

 

My brothers and sisters, Prophet Isaiah opens our homily this Sunday with such a beautiful and amazing word of God, when he prophesized, “Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it    fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” This word of God is made incarnate in the person of the Second person of the Most Holy Trinity, our Lord Jesus Christ. He is both the Word, and the one to whom the words are spoken about. Therefore, he is The Messiah and his words must be trusted and believed.

 

To the Romans, Paul assures them. “I consider that the    sufferings of this present time are as nothing
compared with the glory to be revealed for us.  For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to        corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.”. Again, here, Paul speaks about Jesus Christ, who redeemed us, his creatures, from the eternal damnation of the original sin to become sons and daughters of God. Therefore, you and I, are encouraged to welcome the    hardships we encounter in our daily lives; never allow them to deter us from constantly gazing on the Lord, our Savior, by honoring his words.

 

Jesus applies this word in a very practical way in his      parable of the sower, when he says to his Apostles in the Gospel of Matthew. "The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.  But he has no root and lasts only for a time.  When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and       understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold." Finally, the word of God, which we received in the Ten Commandments, the Holy Scriptures and from homilies, these are meant to transform us into Godly-people and then lead us to eternal salvation. The Word of God is amazing!

 

In Christ,

 

Father Uche Obikwelu

 


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Jul 21, 2017 Category: Pastors Posted by: cmscharles