Saturday of the 14th week in the ordinary time

Theme: Approaching God with humility

The action of the prophet Isaiah in today’s 1st reading, says a lot to you and I as children of God. He approached God with humility, by presenting what he saw as a weakness before God, and God responded promptly and also forgave him his sins. The incident gave him the confidence and disposition to go out and partake of the ministry of the Lord.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, each time we go before the Lord, we must approach him with great humility, just like the prophet Isaiah did in today’s 1st reading. He acknowledged his human brokenness and presented it immediately to God, and there was a prompt response that disposed him positively for the divine mission which awaits him. In our relationship with God, our disposition is very important. When we approach the throne of God with humility and the right disposition, it will always speak positively on our behalf. That is why; at all times it is important that we are conscious of the fact that God has the final say in our lives. The moment God took control, the prophet Isaiah was disposed and ready to be sent. In the same way, we are all encouraged to emulate the action and disposition of the prophet Isaiah in our dealings with God at all times.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the assertion of Jesus about a servant not being above his master, also points to the fact that humility is also very important in our human relationship and not only in our relationship with God. Partaking in the mission of Christ entails both joy and pain and it is something that we cannot run away from or escape in our call to discipleship. In today’s gospel Jesus is strengthening our faith in God as his followers, admonishing us about the things that matters most, and those we should concern ourselves with. By so doing, he is guiding us through the right path that we must follow in our call to discipleship. At all times, our desire should always be to do the will of our heavenly father and not be scared by the manipulations of men and women of the world. Always remember that it is God that has the final say in every situation in your life, and your concern should always be to live a life that is pleasing to God. That way we will be proclaiming Christ wherever we find ourselves and he will also stand with us in the presence of his heavenly father. May almighty God bless his words in our hearts, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.


Saturday of the 14th week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp