Two-Minute Homily by Fr Enoch Iheme for the Third Sunday of Lent 2023.
“Our Lenten observances of fasting, prayer and alms giving should be our way of bearing in our body and soul the message of salvation for all of humanity.”
- Two-Minute Homily Transcript
Two-Minute Homily TranscriptAuthor: Archdiocese of Brisbane
In the time of Lent the holy church identifies herself with the sins of the world. There were couple of occasions in the Gospels
when the disciples wanted to protect the integrity of Jesus. When Bartimaeus was shouting, “Jesus, Son of David have pity on me”, the disciples scolded him, keep quiet.
When little children were coming to Jesus, the disciples tried to stop them. When the sinful woman was wiping the feet of Jesus, the disciples were taken aback. Even when Jesus was telling them that the Son of man is destined to suffer and to die, Peter took him by the side to remonstrate with him.
It is remarkable that although the disciples were amazed to see Jesus talking to a Samaritan woman as in today’s gospel, no one of them questioned him, “What are you looking for?” “Why are you talking with her?
Lent is a time we acknowledge that the Church is in the world to bring sanctification. This church in the world is not aloof to the shame, stains, grumblings and sins of the world. We are called to identify with the joys and hope, the grief and anguish of the people of our time. Our Lenten observances of fasting, prayer and alms giving should be our way of bearing in our bodies and our soul the message of salvation for all humanity.
It is our hope and our prayer that at the end of this Lenten season, the small world around us should witness Jesus in a new way, and say, “we have heard for ourselves, and we know that Jesus is truly the saviour of the world.”