Today is the fourteenth Sunday in ordinary time of the Liturgical year. Today, we shall be celebrating our first public Mass in our beautiful Church. I am so glad and excited to have us back. Our hearts are full of joy and gratitude to God as we rejoice and thank God for everything just as the Responsorial Psalm echoes today: “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
As we thank God today, we hear the same heartfelt gratitude to God from the first reading. It says; “Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion, shout for joy, O daughter Je-rusalem! See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, he shall proclaim peace to the nations…” Yes, we are all sons and daughters of God. Our God is a just God. He hears the cries of everyone and proclaims peace to all. May his Name be praised both now and forever, Amen.
Today, our readings are full of gratitude to God, and as we rejoice, we are called to live in the Spirit of God, to be gracious, merciful, and compassionate to all. It is a call and an invitation we must all respond to.
As we know, we are used to getting invitations as we go through life, we re-ceive many invitations to different life events, such as: graduations, weddings, din-ners, etc. But today, I share with you the greatest invitation anyone has ever given. Our Lord Jesus gave it. To be back again in Church to receive him, both sacramen-tally and spiritually.
There are many times in our lives when the going may be tough, and we feel like the whole world is against us, and we wonder where and who to turn to. But to-day, our Jesus Christ invites us to turn to him. He said, “Come to me, all you who la-bor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
God is a Faithful God and a covenant keeping God. He always fulfills his promises to us.
Let us come to Jesus today by faith, trusting Him alone for forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and let us continue to live in his peace as we navigate the hurdles of life.
God is good…all the time.
God bless you,
Fr. Daniel E. Ogbeifun