Thursday, 26 October 2017 : 29th Week of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Luke 12 : 49-53

At that time, Jesus said to the people, “I have come to bring fire upon the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what anguish I feel until it is finished! Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on, in one house five will be divided : three against two, and two against three.”

“They will be divided, father against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

Thursday, 26 October 2017 : 29th Week of Ordinary Time (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Psalm 1 : 1-2, 3, 4 and 6

Blessed is the man who does not go where the wicked gather, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit where the scoffers sit! Instead, he finds delight in the Law of YHVH and meditates day and night on His commandments.

He is like a tree beside a brook producing its fruit in due season, its leaves never withering. Everything he does is a success.

But it is different with the wicked. They are like chaff driven away by the wind. For YHVH knows the way of the righteous but cuts off the way of the wicked.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 : 29th Week of Ordinary Time (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Romans 6 : 19-23

You see, that I speak in a very human way, taking into account that you are not fully mature. There was a time, when you let your members be slaves of impurity and disorder, walking in the way of sin; convert them, now, into servants of righteousness, to the point of becoming holy.

When you were slaves of sin, you did not feel under obligation to righteousness, but what were the fruits of those actions, of which you are now ashamed? Such things bring death. Now, however, you have been freed from sin and serve God. You are bearing fruit, and growing in holiness, and the result will be life everlasting.

So, on one side is sin : its reward, death; on the other side, is God : He gives us, by grace, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 : 29th 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 Lord through the Sacred Scriptures reminding us all to be always ready and to be vigilant in living our lives, so that we may be always ready for the Lord when He comes again suddenly at the time of His own choosing. Otherwise, we may end up being caught unprepared and be considered unworthy in the end.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day through the Scriptures we are reminded that sin is our very dangerous enemy, which has always been present from the moment when our ancestors disobeyed the Lord and thus fell into sin. Sin has enslaved us and kept us under its tyranny for many ages, until the time when the Lord came unto us and brought us His salvation.

The Lord came, bearing His truth and offer for mercy and forgiveness of our sins. And through His many parables and teachings, the Lord Jesus wanted to remind each one of us to be holy and good in all of our actions and deeds, in all the things which we say and show to others. And we have been given these bodies, minds and hearts that we may use them for the good and faithful purposes in God.

Yet, many of us would rather allow sin to enter into our minds, into our hearts, into our bodies, our whole being, that those sins brought about corruption and wickedness. Sin is indeed a disease, like cancer, that is slowly eating us from within. And many of us do not realise that we have this affliction in us because we have often been desensitised to sin. We have committed sins and disobedient acts in our lives so much that they become somewhat like our second nature.

But if we do not do anything about this, we will end up falling into condemnation, when Our Lord and Master comes, and He will reject us because He is disgusted by our sins and wickedness. It is by our sins and by our righteousness that we will be judged, and should we be complacent in living our lives according to our faith, instead falling into the many temptations of this world, we are all in great danger, of losing our eternal souls to eternal torment in hell.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, many of us tend to take our faith for granted, just because we often think that because of that faith, then we are fine and that there is nothing else that we need to do. That is why there are so many of us Christians who have been lulled into a false sense of security and safety, and we end up becoming lapsed in the practice of our faith. This is also how sin ends up having a way with us, anchoring itself in our hearts and minds.

We have been freed from the tyranny and enslavement by sin through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose death on the cross broke forever the hold and power which sin and the devil have over us, and through His loving sacrifice, He has liberated us from the darkness and kept us from our fated destruction. Yet, many of us are tempted again and failed to resist those temptations, and many was such because they were incapable of resisting the temptation to sin and disobey God for our own personal gain.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all reflect on these matters, and let us think about what each and every one of us as Christians can do in our lives in order to change ourselves for the better, so that while once or indeed now, we may still experience the corruption of sin, through our thoughts, words or actions, we may then seek to be forgiven from our sins, and to sincerely repent from them, that we may gain true righteousness in God.

Let us delay no longer, but from now on devote ourselves completely to the Lord, so that through all the things we do, we will draw ever closer to Him. Let us not think that we still have time, and that the Lord will forgive us nonetheless. Any sins that remain unconfessed and unforgiven before God will become great obstacles in our path towards God’s salvation and grace.

May the Lord inflame us with the spirit and courage in order to live faithfully according to the Gospels of Christ, so that in our actions, we may show true faith and commitment to that same faith, that we may draw ever closer to God and be worthy of His eternal life and glory. May God bless us all. Amen.