Local Homilies

June 22, 2018

Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 369

Reading 1 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20

When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah,
saw that her son was dead,
she began to kill off the whole royal family.
But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah,
took Joash, his son, and spirited him away, along with his nurse,
from the bedroom where the princes were about to be slain.
She concealed him from Athaliah, and so he did not die.
For six years he remained hidden in the temple of the LORD,
while Athaliah ruled the land.

But in the seventh year,
Jehoiada summoned the captains of the Carians
and of the guards.
He had them come to him in the temple of the LORD,
exacted from them a sworn commitment,
and then showed them the king’s son.

The captains did just as Jehoiada the priest commanded.
Each one with his men, both those going on duty for the sabbath
and those going off duty that week,
came to Jehoiada the priest.
He gave the captains King David’s spears and shields,
which were in the temple of the LORD.
And the guards, with drawn weapons,
lined up from the southern to the northern limit of the enclosure,
surrounding the altar and the temple on the king’s behalf.
Then Jehoiada led out the king’s son
and put the crown and the insignia upon him.
They proclaimed him king and anointed him,
clapping their hands and shouting, “Long live the king!”

Athaliah heard the noise made by the people,
and appeared before them in the temple of the LORD.
When she saw the king standing by the pillar, as was the custom,
and the captains and trumpeters near him,
with all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets,
she tore her garments and cried out, “Treason, treason!”
Then Jehoiada the priest instructed the captains
in command of the force:
“Bring her outside through the ranks.
If anyone follows her,” he added, “let him die by the sword.”
He had given orders that she
should not be slain in the temple of the LORD.
She was led out forcibly to the horse gate of the royal palace,
where she was put to death.

Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD as one party
and the king and the people as the other,
by which they would be the LORD’s people;
and another covenant, between the king and the people.
Thereupon all the people of the land went to the temple of Baal
and demolished it.
They shattered its altars and images completely,
and slew Mattan, the priest of Baal, before the altars.
Jehoiada appointed a detachment for the temple of the LORD.
All the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet,
now that Athaliah had been slain with the sword
at the royal palace.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 132:11, 12, 13-14, 17-18

R. (13) The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.
The LORD swore to David
a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
“Your own offspring
I will set upon your throne.”
R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.
“If your sons keep my covenant
and the decrees which I shall teach them,
Their sons, too, forever
shall sit upon your throne.”
R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.
For the LORD has chosen Zion;
he prefers her for his dwelling.
“Zion is my resting place forever;
in her will I dwell, for I prefer her.”
R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.
“In her will I make a horn to sprout forth for David;
I will place a lamp for my anointed.
His enemies I will clothe with shame,
but upon him my crown shall shine.”
R. The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling.

Alleluia Mt 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

“The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

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Homily June 22
2 Kings 11:1-4,9-18,20; Psalm 131:11-14,17-18; Matthew 6:19-23
Anything that occupies our heart is our treasure; our treasures differ based on what we love most, which may be good or sometimes bad.
1~ A treasure is something of great value, it differs from person to person. While someone who believes in God will live knowing that “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures: we are the sum of the Father’s love for us….” St. John Paul II, one who does not believe in God will treasure doubting the possibility of God loving nor forgiving.
2~ We have a vivid example of treasure in the first reading of today, in order to be able rule the Israelites, Athalia killed all the male of the royal family, just like Abimelech did in Judges 9 by killing his brothers, in order to be able to rule. Their treasures propelled them into doing away with innocent lives.
3~ What is your treasure? If our treasure is in God, we will be motivated towards good; and when our treasure is evil, we end up showing it too in our actions. Jesus tells us that our hearts will always be in our treasures. Some treasure hatred, even when others are sleeping, they are awake planning evil, because that is where their hearts are.
4~ If we understand the importance of treasure, then where we store them will be of great importance to us. The Lord wants us to make right decisions, by not storing our treasures where they are subject to destruction, rather where they are protected, and heaven is the only place where our treasures are secured.
5~ Dear friend, whatever we do without God, is wasted; and whatever we waste for the sake of God, is already stored and safe. Every saint in heaven treasured God on earth; and every soul in hell treasured things while on earth. May God help us to store up our treasures in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
“I would not give one moment of heaven for all the joy and riches of the world.” Martin Luther King Jr. “You must keep all earthly treasures out of your heart, and let Christ be your treasure, and let Him have your heart.” Charles Spurgeon
May we live like treasures in the heart of God today
May Our Lady Queen of Peace who treasured Peace help us to love Peace
Have a beautiful and fulfilled weekend

Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam
Holy Angel’s Parish and St Mary’s Parish, St Albans, Vermont