July 22, 2024
Reflections By Rev. Fr. David Okolie

15TH SUNDAY CATECHESIS: BEYOND MERE HUMAN ABILITY

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Dearest friends, the mistake that a number of persons make is the erroneous assumption that the WORD of God is like any other sound or literature that can easily be understood, retained and obeyed by mere human ability. Far be it from the above! On the contrary, to understand, retain and obey the the WORD of God requires the presence and assistance of the HOLY SPIRIT through whom this WORD was written and is spoken (Cf. 2 Peter 1:20-21). Once the Holy Spirit is present in any soul, He dispels every cloud of SIN and ERROR, thereby paving the way for the understanding and nourishment of the WORD of God.

Dearest friends, does it not give you concern, that so many persons PREACH and HEAR the Word of God today but at the same time, SIN and ERROR are on the increase? Does it not reveal some level of DECEIT and INSINCERITY both on the part of a number of preachers and hearers of the Word of God?

The Catechism beautifully captures the human condition before and now thus: “Man, enticed by the Evil One, abused his freedom at the very beginning of history… He is now inclined to EVIL and subject to ERROR,” then, it goes further to say: “By his Passion, Christ delivered us from SATAN and from SIN. He merited for us the new life in the HOLY SPIRIT. His GRACE restores what sin had damaged in us” (Cf. CCC nn. 1707, 1708).

From the above, it is clear that through the merit of Jesus Christ, we now have access to the Holy Spirit and God’s Grace; which are perfect aids towards the understanding and obedience of the Word of God. Yet, we are still left with the freedom to either work with the above or choose otherwise.

When it comes to the above, it is always better to choose wisely. Thus Jesus Christ affirms: “More blessed are those who HEAR the Word of God and KEEP it” (Cf. Lk 11:28, Matt 7:24-25). To anyone who chooses otherwise, Jesus warns thus: “he would be like a FOOLISH man who built his house upon the SAND… and it did fall, and great was its ruin” (Cf. Matt 7:26-27).

We pray the Blessed Virgin Mary to always support us with her powerful intercession. Amen🙏🏼

Happy Sunday and remain blessed!

(CATECHESIS ‘NKUZI NKE OKWUKWE’ FOR THE 15TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (A)
READINGS: R1: Is 55:10-11, R2: Rom 8:18-23, Gosp. Matt 13:1-23)

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Rev. Fr. David Okolie is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. He is a prolific writer, retreat preacher and social media evangelizer.

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