Thursday, 5 September 2019 : 22nd Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Teresa of Kolkata, Religious (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Religious)

Luke 5 : 1-11

At that time, one day, as Jesus stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, with a crowd gathered around Him listening to the word of God, He caught sight of two boats, left at the water’s edge by fishermen, now washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to pull out a little from the shore. There He sat, and continued to teach the crowd.

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if You say so, I will lower the nets.” This they did, and caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. They signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came, and they filled both almost to the point of sinking.

Upon seeing this, Simon Peter fell at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and his companions were amazed at the catch they had made, and so were Simon’s partners, James and John, Zebedee’s sons. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. You will catch people from now on.” So they brought their boats to land and followed Him, leaving everything.

Thursday, 5 September 2019 : 22nd Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Teresa of Kolkata, Religious (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Religious)

Psalm 97 : 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6

YHVH has shown His salvation, revealing His justice to the nations. He has not forgotten His love, nor His faithfulness to Israel.

The farthest ends of the earth all have seen God’s saving power. All you, lands, make a joyful noise to YHVH, break into song and sing praise.

With melody of the lyre and with music of the harp. With trumpet blast and sound of the horn, rejoice before the King, YHVH!

Thursday, 5 September 2019 : 22nd Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Teresa of Kolkata, Religious (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Religious)

Colossians 1 : 9-14

Because of this, from the day we received news of you, we have not ceased praying to God for you, that you may attain the full knowledge of His will, through all the gifts of wisdom and spiritual understanding.

May your lifestyle be worthy of the Lord and completely pleasing to Him. May you bear fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of God. May you become strong, in everything, by a sharing of the glory of God, so that you may have great endurance and perseverance in joy.

Constantly give thanks to the Father, Who has empowered us to receive our share in the inheritance of the saints, in His kingdom of light. He rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. In Him, we are redeemed and forgiven.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 : 22nd Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we are reminded yet again of God’s ever-present and wonderful love for each and every one of us, by what He has done for our sake, in giving us the means for our salvation through His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. In our Gospel passage today we continue to hear the works of the Lord and His disciples as He healed many people with various sicknesses and cast out demons from those who were possessed.

Through what we have heard and learnt in our Scripture readings today, we have heard the love which the Lord has brought into this world, by what He has done and by what He has revealed and taught to us through His disciples and through the Church. It is truly a fulfilment of God’s many promises and the wonders He has given us all as our promised inheritance, all of us who are faithful to Him.

He ministered to the people and cared for them, in their physical and spiritual well-being, healing those who were sick and casting out evil spirits from those who were possessed. And in another occasion of His ministry not covered in today’s Gospel passage, He fed five thousand men and countless other women and children, and four thousand in yet another occasion when all those people who followed Him were hungry.

We have seen therefore how God loved us all so much, that His love became evident and real in our midst, because He Himself has entered into our world and become the very personification of perfect Love. God loves each and every one of us so much that He gave us nothing less than His own Beloved Son, Whom He had made to be our Saviour. By His ultimate sacrifice of love, made out of perfect obedience to the will of His Father, Christ saved us.

Now, brothers and sisters in Christ, what then is the significance of what we have heard in our Scripture passages today? It is the fact that each and every one of us have been called to be the disciples and followers of Our Lord by our faith in Him. And if we truly have genuine faith in Him and profess our love for Him, then we ought to walk in the path which He has set before us, in following Him and His examples.

What it means is that, in our world today, there are so many opportunities for us to reach out to many more people who have not yet heard about Christ and His salvation, and those who are still living in the darkness of sin and ignorance, and also all those who hunger for the truth of God, and also many of those who are suffering and less privileged, those who are oppressed, ostracised and rejected by the society.

When we look at the examples of what the Lord has done throughout His ministry, His ever loving presence and actions, His constant effort to love us all, by serving His beloved ones, caring for them and providing for their needs, therefore, we are all as part of the one and same Church of God have to support the many works and missions of the Church, which are truly expansive and ever growing.

Are we able to dedicate and commit our time, effort and good works for the glory of God through His Church? Are we able to work together to be witnesses of our faith through our every words, actions and efforts, done out of love for God and for our fellow men? Are we able to give our best in serving the Lord through our service to those who are suffering, those who hunger for God’s truth and those who have no one to love them?

Let us all discern our paths in life carefully, and let us turn to Him, putting our complete trust in Him and following Him in loving our brothers and sisters and in being part of the missionary and evangelical ministry of the Church from now on. May the Lord be our strength and may He also bless us all in our every endeavours. Amen.