Thursday, 8 October 2020 : 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 Scripture in which we are reminded of God’s love and His generosity for each and every one of us. The Lord has always loved us generously and He always extends this love and kindness at all times. However, it is often that we do not realise just how much God has loved us, and we do not appreciate just how blessed we are, how fortunate that we have God Who is always by our side.

In our first reading today, we heard St. Paul as he chastised the Christian faithful in Galatia for their recent actions, in embracing the false teachings and ideas promoted by those who did not follow the true teachings of the Church, or following the ideas of the factions of the Church who taught differently, likely from some of the Pharisees who became members of the Church, who wanted to impose their view and the application of the Law of Moses to the whole Church.

This is what St. Paul opposed, as those people followed and believed in the very rigorous and unnecessary emphasis on the details of the Law of Moses, which had steered many among the Pharisees and the Jews at the time from the true way of the Lord. And these laws and obligations had made it difficult for many people, especially from among the Gentiles or the non-Jewish people, who found it hard to keep the entirety of the harsh, and often unnecessary rituals and rules.

The emphasis on obedience of the Law and how one’s holiness is greater, the more they obey the Law, and the superiority of those who were pious over those who have not obeyed the Law in the same manner were things that the Lord Himself had criticised the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law for, and which St. Paul also echoed, calling on the people to follow the true faith and the teachings which he and the other Apostles had given to them.

Instead, the Lord has revealed through His disciples, that rather than a fearsome and angry God as He was often understood and portrayed by the people at the time, He was in fact full of compassion, love, mercy and patience. And He highlighted to us all how beloved we are and how precious we are to Him, that sometimes we just have to ask, and we shall receive what we need, and God will also guide us.

Therefore, through this reminder, we are called to keep in mind that God is One Whom we can always reach out to, communicate with, work with and depend on. However, more often than not, we forget about this, or are ignorant of this, and are too busy with our own preoccupations in life to notice God’s tender love and compassionate care.

We are often too busy with many concerns and our desires for many things in life, with all of our plans and all of our worries, that we try to settle all things by ourselves, by our own power and by our own plans, instead of seeking help from others, even from our own friends and colleagues, and thus, even less likely still, seek God and ask for His help, guidance and assistance.

And sometimes, we are afraid to ask God for help because we are afraid of His anger and thinking that He will punish us for doing so. But this is because we do not know just how vast is God’s love for us, and is likely also because we do not have a close and healthy relationship with Him. And this happens when our relationship with Him is merely superficial and without genuine affection and love.

How do we then cultivate this loving relationship with God, brothers and sisters in Christ? It is by spending quality time with God, through prayer and communicating with Him, spending time to listen to Him speaking in the depth of our hearts. But we often spent too much time being busy with our many preoccupations in life to notice this, and we barely spent even a little time with God amidst our busy lives.

That is why, as Christians, we are now called to renew our relationship with God, to love God and to put our trust in Him wholeheartedly from now on. Let us all realise just how blessed and fortunate we are to be loved such by God, and be the witnesses for His love and compassion in each and every moments of our lives. Let us show the world and all those whom we encounter in life, the face of God’s love by our actions and deeds.

May God bless us all and may He strengthen us all in His grace and love. May He guide us through our daily journey in life, and bless our every good works and endeavours, for His greater glory. Amen.

Thursday, 8 October 2020 : 27th Week of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Luke 11 : 5-13

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to his house in the middle of the night and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine who is travelling has just arrived, and I have nothing to offer him.’ Maybe your friend will answer from inside, ‘Do not bother me now; the door is locked, and my children and I are in bed, so I cannot get up and give you anything.'”

“But I tell you, even though he will not get up and attend to you because you are a friend, yet he will get up because you are a bother to him, and he will give you all you need. And so I say to you, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For the one who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.”

“If your child asks for a fish, will you give him a snake instead? And if your child asks for an egg, will you give him a scorpion? If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”

Thursday, 8 October 2020 : 27th Week of Ordinary Time (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Luke 1 : 69-70, 71-72, 73-75

In the house of David His servant, He has raised up for us a victorious Saviour; as He promised through His prophets of old.

Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of our foes. He has shown mercy to our fathers; and remembered His holy Covenant.

The oath He swore to Abraham, our father, to deliver us from the enemy, that we might serve Him fearlessly, as a holy and righteous people, all the days of our lives.

Thursday, 8 October 2020 : 27th Week of Ordinary Time (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Galatians 3 : 1-5

How foolish you are, Galatians! How could they bewitch you after Jesus Christ has been presented to you as crucified? I shall ask you only this : Did you receive the Spirit by the practice of the Law, or by believing the message? How can you be such fools : you begin with the Spirit and end up with the flesh!

So, you have experienced all this in vain! Would that, it were not so! Did God give you the Spirit, and work miracles among you because of your observance of the Law, or because you believed in His message?