SOOZE YOUR SOIZE: A HOMILY ON TUESDAY, 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR II
It is always interesting to hear how people speak english when english in not their first language. Once a man wanted to say make your choice and he said something like, suze your soize, which is another way of saying choose your choice, instead of make your choice. As we draw closer to the end of the liturgical year, our readings speak more about the last things, namely, death, judgement, heaven and hell. The first two we will all experience but of the last two, we will experience one and the one we will experience depends on the choices we make today.
Many people like to be on the crossroad. We stand on the crossroad not knowing whether to go left or to go right. God tells us in the first reading that we cannot be both hot and cold, which means we cannot spend all our lives on the crossroad. Each person need to make a choice. Am I for God or against God? Am I for heaven or for hell? Of course we all want to go to heaven, unless there is some weird person who desires to go to hell. But not all of us are willing to make the sacrifiice required. For this reason, we remain on the crossroad.
In the life of Zacchaeus, we see a man who had been on the road to hell. He was defrauding people. We do not choose heaven by word of mouth. We choose heaven by our actions. By the kind of life we choose to live, we have declared ourselves either for God or for satan. Then when he met Jesus he had to make a decission. First he made the wrong decission of climbing the tree. This is symbolic of all our pretenses. Instead of repenting, we start pretending. Jesus invites him to stop pretending and come down from the tree. When he stopped pretending, he started repenting. He did not only repent of his evil ways, but he also made restitution. He decides to give half of his property to the poor and to repay those he has cheated four times the amount. This is a man who has sozen his soize. He knows what he wants and he is prepared to do anything and to go the extra mile to have it. The invitation is simple, sooze your soize. Stand on the crossroad no more. Start by coming down from the tree. Then repent of your sins. Then make restitutions according to the sins you have committed. This is why the priest always gives us a penance at the end of a confession. You can go the extra mile by practicing works of mercy. We cannot continue to be both hot and cold, wanting heaven but afraid of living the life required. It is time to make a choice or forever remain on the crossroad.
I am Fr. Ifeanyichukwu Henry Nwokoro, CSsR. I am your fellow child of God and this is my way of sharing my daily reflections with you. Please feel free to leave a comment, suggestion or question. Let everything that lives and that breathes give praise to the Lord.
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