Tuesday of the 2nd week of Lent year A

Theme: A call to repentance

In the 1st reading of today, the prophet Isaiah is inviting us to retrace our steps and embrace what is good and just. This wonderful admonition of the prophet Isaiah is in line with the teaching of the season of Lent. He is encouraging us to be upright and just in our dealings with one another. We are all encouraged to be the voice of the voiceless in our society, support the less privileged and the most abandoned in our society, and be just in your dealings with other people. This is also what we are all encouraged to practice during this season of Lent.

As many of us that embrace this invitation and practice it in their daily lives, will experience the mercy and blessings of God. While those who turn down this invitation presented to us by the prophet Isaiah, will face the sword. Nothing should keep us away from accepting this wonderful invitation presented to us, because he says even if our sins are as scarlet he will make them as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall become like wool. The Lord is simply saying that there is no sin that is greater than the mercy of God. All you need to do is to present them to God in faith, and he will come to our assistance.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the assertion of Jesus in today’s gospel is very important in our own time also, just like during the time of Jesus. We are all encouraged to put into practice in our daily lives the word of God that we preach and listen to. To be able to make a positive impact in the life of those who encounter us, there must be harmony between the word of God that we preach and the way we lead our daily life. Lest we become like the Pharisees who teach others how to live their lives, but do not practice the same thing in their own lives. If we truly desire to be true witnesses, then we must strive to practice what we preach in our daily life. This is exactly what we need in our world today; men and women who practice what they preach.

We are all encouraged today to make honest and sincere effort to be worthy ambassadors for Christ. As we continue to strive to live an authentic Christian life, may almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Homily for Tuesday in the 2nd week of Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp