Friday, 13 October 2017 : 27th Week of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Luke 11 : 15-26

At that time, some of the people said, “Jesus drives out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons.” Others wanted to put Him to the test, by asking Him for a heavenly sign.

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, “Every nation divided by civil war is on the road to ruin, and will fall. If Satan also is divided, his empire is coming to an end. How can you say that I drive out demons by calling upon Beelzebul? If I drive them out by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive out demons? They will be your judges, then.”

“But if I drive out demons by the finger of God; would not this mean that the kingdom of God has come upon you? As long as a man, strong and well armed, guards his house, his goods are safe. But when a stronger man attacks and overcomes him, the challenger takes away all the weapons he relied on, and disposes of his spoils.”

“Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me, scatters. When the evil spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through dry lands, looking for a resting place; and finding none, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When it comes, it finds the house swept and everything in order. Then it goes to fetch seven other spirits, even worse than itself. They move in and settle there, so that the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

Friday, 13 October 2017 : 27th Week of Ordinary Time (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Psalm 9 : 2-3, 6 and 16, 8-9

The wicked are in power; the weak suffer harassment; the poor become victims of evil schemes. Exploiters boast in their power and greed; the covetous blasphemes and defies God.

All of them saying in their heart, “Nothing will trouble me. I am secure, powerful and happy.” YHVH is King forever and the pagans have vanished from His land.

They lie in ambush near the villages, murdering the innocent and the unfortunate, spying upon their next victim. The evil one lurks in secret, like a lion in its covert, waiting to seize his prey and drag him off in a net.

Friday, 13 October 2017 : 27th Week of Ordinary Time (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Joel 1 : 13-15 and Joel 2 : 1-2

Gird yourselves, o priests, and weep; mourn, o ministers of the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, o ministers of my God! For the house of your God is deprived of grain and drink offering.

Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Summon the elders, and all who live in the land, into the house of your God, and cry out to YHVH, “What a dreadful day – the day of YHVH, that draws near, and comes as ruin, from the Almighty!”

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on My holy mountain! Let all dwellers in the land tremble, for the day of YHVH is coming. Yes, the day is fast approaching – a day of gloom and darkness, a day of clouds and blackness. A vast and mighty army comes, like dawn spreading over the mountain : such as has never occurred before, nor will happen again in the future.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 : 27th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we listened to the words of the Scriptures speaking to us about our relationship with God, and how we ought to proceed forward in that relationship. In the Gospel reading we heard the Lord Jesus telling the people about how our relationships and friendships work. A friend will care for us, if we look for them for help. And what we have in the Lord our God, is more than just a friend.

A friend will help out of his or her friendship and good relationship with us, or at the very least, in order for them to get rid of the annoyance of having us asking them for help. But God is so much more than that, and He is always ready to love us. Then, we go on to the next part of the Gospel passage, in which the Lord Jesus told the people about a father who will love his child, and definitely will not bring harm to the child because he loved the child so much.

And the child just needs to ask the father for anything that he or she needs, and he will happily give it to them. He will not give the child anything that is harmful. It is therefore in this manner that the love of God is described, for God is truly like our father. He is indeed, according to the Lord Jesus, our Father Who is in heaven. He created every single one of us, and being His creations, we are also His beloved children.

If God had not loved us and cared for us, He would not have created us in the first place. The very reason why we live, and why we take in breath every single minute, every single second, is because of God’s love and grace. But many of us often do not realise this, and we forgot about God as we live our lives. Instead, we often remember Him only when we need Him, when we have something we want. And when we do not get what we want, we ended up being angry at God.

But God has always loved us in His own way, and He has blessed us with many things in life. It is often that we desire things that we do not really need, but God knows exactly what it is that we need. Yet, do we thank Him for all that He has given us? Or have we been often like children who became angry at their parents for not giving us what we wanted, and throw tantrums?

Let us reflect on these questions, and think about what we mankind can do, and should be doing in our respective lives. We should draw closer to the Lord, and trust in Him, and obey His commandments and laws. In the first reading today, God reminded us of His love for us, that if we are faithful to Him, our names will be recorded in the Book of Life, and all of us will be considered worthy of the glory which He has prepared for all of His faithful ones.

It will certainly not be easy to do God’s will, particularly as we live in this world filled with temptations and many challenges, for those who keep God’s words and live in His ways. Yet, we must persevere through, as if we fall away from God’s path, the only path forward for us will be towards our downfall. We need just to ask, and God will help us along the way, for we are not alone in this struggle, as God is always with us.

Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all commit ourselves anew to the Lord, that by our every actions, our every words and deeds, we will always glorify God, and walk righteously in His ways. May the Lord bless us always, and may He continue to protect us and guide us on the way towards His salvation. Amen.