Saturday, 8 October 2016 : 27th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Saturday Mass of our Lady)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today through the Scripture Readings, we are reminded by our Lord Himself through the Gospels and the Scriptures that we have that obligation and responsibility as Christians to be true disciples of our Lord, not just on paper, not just with words but also through real and true commitment, that we may fulfil what the Lord wants from us, that is our love, commitment and devotion, and that we are righteous and just in our deeds.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, today we are reminded yet again that all of us have received great grace and blessings from the Lord by having been accepted and made to be God’s sons and daughters through baptism. And by that, we have been liberated from the scourges of our sins and from the bonds of our past enslavement to those sins and to the darkness of this world.

And yet, now that we are sons and daughters of the Lord, it is imperative for us to take heed what a child of God ought to be doing, as we have been called not just to be given grace and blessing, but also with a responsibility to bear for the sake of one another. And Jesus Himself had given us the example of what we are to do, following His own examples in His faith to God His Father.

Jesus obeyed the Lord His Father, and obeyed even unto accepting great sufferings and ultimately even death on the cross. We can just imagine that if Jesus had not obeyed that duty, and instead willingly withdrew from surrendering His own life on the cross, then all of us mankind would have perished and be destroyed by our sins, for Christ had died for us all that we may be saved.

A child should obey his parents, as long as they have given the right instructions and are righteous and just in their deeds. And of course God Who is our Father is always perfect, right and just in all of His deeds. And God Who had taught us many things therefore should be the One Whom we ought to follow in all of our deeds and actions. Otherwise, then how would we be able to call ourselves God’s children?

If God’s children and followers do not act in accordance with His ways, then would it not then be a scandal against Him and our Faith? Worse still, if we commit sins and wicked acts, while being known as a Christian, would it not in fact deter others from following the Lord? And would it not be contradictory to what we preach as well?

That is why, brothers and sisters in Christ, it is so important for us all to be active in our faith, living our faith to God through real and concrete actions, and this means for us to be charitable and to be committed to the cause of those who are often ostracised and discriminated against, unloved and uncared for, those who have been hated and abandoned. These are the ones to whom we should open ourselves to, that through us they may find the way to God’s embrace.

Let us all be good children of God our Father, obeying His will and precepts, and walk faithfully along His way, so that when the time comes, and out Father calls on us to return to Him, He may find us worthy of His blessings, graces and love, and we shall all receive the fullness of His gift of eternal life and true joy. God bless us all. Amen.

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