Liturgical Colour : Green
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we heard about how the fruits of the Gospel and the Good News brought to the people in the city of Colossae have blossomed and bore a lot of great results. The people turned towards the Lord and they abandoned their past sinful lives. And in the Gospel we also heard then how Jesus healed many people from their sickness and diseases, how He made them whole once again.
In this, we have to realise a simple fact, which many of us tend to overlook and forget. We often do not realise this until it is too late, and quite a few of us refused to recognise this truth, that is we are all afflicted and diseased, for all of us share that same affliction and disease that had affected all of mankind, namely sin. Sin is the disease of the soul, which causes everything inside of us to be rotten and wicked.
And we have dwelled on in this state for a long time, ever since we threw aside our obedience to God for the comfort and pleasures of the world, listening and obeying our own selfish desires instead of listening to the word of God. We who were once destined for good things and to enjoy forever the goodness of life as God had created it, had become marred and spoilt by the darkness of the sins inside of us.
Therefore, the Lord who loves us and who is merciful, He gave us another chance, a new opportunity, by sending His own Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Saviour, to be our Healer, the One who will make us all whole once again. He laid His hands on His people so that by His power, He may heal them from their afflictions. For it is not by our own power only that we have saved ourselves, but through the grace of forgiveness that God had extended to us, and which we receive with open arms.
But it was very often that we refused to accept God’s forgiveness and grace, because the doors of our hearts are closed up tight against Him. He came to us, knocking on those doors, but we did not respond. This is just as at the time of His birth in Bethlehem, when all the inns and places were full and no place opened their doors to welcome the Lord and Saviour when He came into the world, and He was born in a simple and humble stable.
It is a good thing and a good lesson for us to take note. How many of us realise that we ought to be humble and open our hearts, baring our souls open for the Lord to come in and dwell in us? Many of us are too full of ourselves, filling our hearts with ego, desire, pride, hubris, lust and many other things that keep us away from the Lord, all the wickedness that had made us all unworthy before God.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, have we made the effort to make ourselves better and draw ourselves closer to God? Or are we going to continue to live in sin and wickedness that we have accumulated all these while? We have a clear choice, brothers and sisters, and just as we cannot serve both God and Satan, we cannot be ambiguous in our choices. If we are truly faithful to the Lord, then we should take action to show it in reality.
Our Lord had been so generous in His love and mercy for us, and thus it is only right that we should thank Him for that. If not for His mercy and love, we may have no hope with us, and everything would be meaningless, including our existence in this world, because of our sins, we were heading into certain annihilation without hope of getting out of that destruction. Yet, because the Lord in Jesus Christ had extended His hands to us and rescue us, we now have a new hope once again.
May Almighty God, our loving Father, ever forgiving and merciful, our Healer and our Lord, bless us and keep us always in His grace. May He keep us in His love, and may all of us also be awakened in our heart and soul to devote ourselves to Him more and love Him ever more. Amen.