17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-C
Each time this biblical narrative is read, we tend to think that it is probably a fairytale or an ancient story that is far removed from us. The devastating story of Sodom and Gomorrah is scary and sounds outlandish to be true story. Yet, the realities of such narratives are replicative in our world of tomorrow. How many good men and women can we find in our families, communities, neighborhoods, offices, associations, organizations, churches, states and nations? How many people are truly doing the will of God? Is there any righteous person among us? Why are there so much evils, deceptions, frauds, corruptions, wickedness, hatred, wars, divisions, fights, in our world? We are being intimidated into accepting and legalizing the sins committed by people of Sodom and Gomorrah that led to their annihilation. Our destruction today might lead to the loss of souls to the enemy. Nuclear family system is under attack and our religious and societal values are eroding and being replaced by political correctness. The Lord is the stranger knocking at the doors of our hearts asking us to open and let him in. We are making excuses, but He is not giving up on us. May He sustain us in His love and mercy and give us the grace to keep His commandments.
BY REV. FR. STEPHEN OKEKE