Monday, 2 July 2018 : 13th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day, we heard how God reminded Israel, through His prophet Amos, of how He has blessed His people and helped them throughout the ages, protecting them from their enemies and guiding them through their difficult years. Yet, they disobeyed Him and did all sorts of things that are sinful and abhorrent to Him. It is no surprise that God was angry at His people.

After all, they have abandoned Him to worship pagan idols and gods, all of which have no role whatsoever in the history and life of the Israelites, unlike what God had done so generously for them. Instead, they refused to follow His laws and obey His commandments, and they prefer to walk in their own ways and listen to the desires of their own hearts and minds.

They committed all sorts of wicked things and sinful acts before the Lord, and they ended up falling deeper and deeper into the darkness of sin. But in the end, God still loved them and cared for them. Despite His anger against their sins and wickedness, He still loved them for He created them to be His children. And that was why, He sent them prophets and messengers, like the prophet Amos, to remind them of His love, and to call them to repent and turn away from their sins.

And to this end, in order to save His people, He sent all of us, the ultimate deliverer and Saviour, in Jesus Christ, His Son, Whom He sent into this world, to bring forth the truth and the Good News of His salvation to all of us. In the Gospel passage today, we heard the Lord Jesus teaching and working among the people, and a teacher of the Law came to Him and said that he would follow Him wherever He went.

This is what the Lord Jesus also wants from us, that each and every one of us come fo follow Him and walk in His ways. But as He also mentioned in the Gospel passage to the disciple who hesitated because he wanted to bury his father first, He called them to a life of total commitment and obedience to the will of God. And this is what each and every one of us as Christians should also be doing in our own lives.

What does this mean, brothers and sisters in Christ? It means that all of us as Christians must truly be Christ-centric in our lives, in our every actions and deeds, so that Christ is always at the centre and is the focus of our lives. For the people of Israel in the past, God was not at the centre of their lives, and that is why, they easily forgot about God and the love which He had shown them, for so many years.

And it means that as Christians, all of us must be wholly oriented towards the Lord, in every aspects of our lives, so that we may truly have Him as the direction for our lives, and we may be internally oriented towards Him, in our every actions and deeds, in our every words and in every moments we interact with one another. This is very important for each one of us as Christians.

Let us keep this in mind, as we carry on with our lives. Let us all draw closer to God, and do our best, in whatever way we can, in order to serve the Lord with greater zeal and with greater purpose, abandoning our past sinfulness and wickedness, and seek the Lord with a contrite heart, desiring His love, mercy and forgiveness. May the Lord bless us all and remain with us throughout this journey. Amen.

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