Monday, 8 July 2019 : 14th 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 Scripture in which God’s love and providence is reminded to us, in how each and everyone one of us are beloved by God, and God has taken care of us all His people with such generosity and blessings, that we should truly put our trust and faith in Him, and devote ourselves wholeheartedly from now on.

In the first reading today, we heard of the vision which Jacob saw in his dream, of a great staircase leading to Heaven, and God Who appeared to him in person and saying that He would bless him just as He has blessed Abraham and Isaac, his grandfather and father respectively. God also renewed the same promise that He has given to Abraham, that his descendants will be glorified and blessed by God.

And we have to understand that at that time, Jacob was in fact a fugitive in running, escaping from the wrath of his elder brother, Esau, who was very angry with Jacob for having stolen not just his birthright but also the inheritance and the blessing which was meant for him as the eldest son of Isaac, their father. Jacob was on the run from the land of Canaan on the way to the land of his ancestors, to the relatives of his father for refuge.

God reassured His servant, Jacob, with what He has shown to Jacob at that night, reassuring him that He would be with him even during his darkest moments, during the times when he was most vulnerable and at the weakest. He would not abandon him to destruction, and He would continue to guide him as He has promised His forefathers. That was just how much God loved His people and how committed and faithful He was to the Covenant which He had made with each and every one of us.

Then in the Gospel passage today, we heard of the Lord reaching out to many of the people who had been suffering, those who suffered from illness and even from death. And God, in His Son, Jesus Christ, touched all of them, and made them whole once again. He touched the woman who suffered from a terrible haemorrhage and stopped her bleeding, because of the faith that she had in looking out for Him and having faith that even by just touching His cloak, she would be healed.

And He also raised the dead daughter of the synagogue official, and returned her back to life, to show not only that because He is God, and therefore, is capable of ruling over life and death, but more importantly, to show that God is ever loving and merciful, and He will always care for His people with tender care and love, regardless of the circumstances. He is always ever faithful, and it is us mankind who have always fallen away because of our sins and disobedience.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we ought to reflect on our lives and how we have lived it thus far. Have we been faithful to God in the way that He has been committed and faithful to the Covenant which He had made with us? Have we loved Him in the way that He has loved us all these while, in the assurance which He has always given us, or have we loved the world much more than we loved Him?

Let us all think about this, and see how each and every one of us can grow stronger in our love and dedication for God. Remember how loving and generous God has been towards us all these while, and especially the gift of life He has given us. Let us grow ever stronger in our faith and become better Christians from now on. May God bless us always, now and forevermore. Amen.

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