Homily for 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time February 7, 2016
In today’s readings, we see Isaiah, Paul, and Peter question their worthiness. Each in turn facing God or his work, questioned if they were indeed worthy to accomplish the task. Even at Eucharist, the church’s liturgy builds that doubt into reception of communion when we say “O Lord I am not worthy to receive you.” I think in all cases that it is a question that in the face of God, no one is adequate to simply stand straight on with him. However, is our perception and understanding of God correct? How often do we say God is Love. His love produced this world and also humanity in his image. This God like image in itself has made us unique and loved by God. That presence of God’s love within us proves that each and every human has a worth and value not able to be diminished by anyone. At times, human can have faults and can commit sin and negative acts, but God’s love remains and their human worth remains. History has proved that women and men have done many good and many bad things throughout history. How quick are we to judge others at times when in effect we should be judging ourselves?
How harsh and judgmental has humanity been through out the centuries? How judgmental are we of different races and cultures and insensitive to people of places that do not meet our particular standards. How quick are we to characterize judgments as the Word of God or on the Bible? Jesus loved and forgave and said move on. How long must we go on realizing that it is not the law that saves but God’s love which is the real law and embraces us to be like Christ and his father. Who are we to judge or take offense when God himself forgives and embraces. If we can not forgive, then our worth demands us to seek and find God’s love and embrace it.
Truly then, none of us is worthy by ourselves. God within us is our worth and our life. Let us learn today and embrace God’s love and each other. Each of us is worthy with a call unique to each of us.