Wednesday, 28 October 2020 : Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Red

Luke 6 : 12-19

At that time, Jesus went out into the hills to pray, spending the whole night in prayer with God. When day came, He called His disciples to Him, and chose Twelve of them, whom He called ‘Apostles’ : Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James son of Alpheus and Simon called the Zealot; Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who would be the traitor.

Coming down the hill with them, Jesus stood in an open plain. Many of His disciples were there, and a large crowd of people, who had come from all parts of Judea and Jerusalem, and from the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon. They gathered to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. And people troubled by unclean spirits were cured.

The entire crowd tried to touch Him, because of the power that went out from Him and healed them all.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 : Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Red

Psalm 18 : 2-3, 4-5

The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament proclaims the work of His hands. Day talks it over with day; night hands on the knowledge to night.

No speech, no words, no voice is heard – but the call goes on, throughout the universe, the message is felt to the ends of the earth.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 : Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Red

Ephesians 2 : 19-22

Now, you are no longer strangers or guests, but fellow citizens of the holy people : you are of the household of God. You are the house, whose foundations are the Apostles and prophets, and whose cornerstone is Christ Jesus. In Him, the whole structure is joined together, and rises, to be a holy Temple, in the Lord.

In Him, you, too, are being built, to become the spiritual Sanctuary of God.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 : 30th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day as we listened to the words of the Scriptures we are reminded of the obligations we have as Christians to be faithful witnesses for the Lord in our everyday lives and in all the things and actions we do in our interactions with one another. We have been all called as faithful Christians to walk courageously in God’s path, and to be examples of faith to one another.

In our first reading today, taken from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Church and the faithful in Ephesus, St. Paul reminded all the faithful that through the grace of baptism, all of them had become members of God’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Therefore, they should all do their part as members of the Church and part of the same Body of Christ.

For ultimately, if Christ is the Head of the Church, which is the same Body of Christ that we are part of, and belonging in Communion of, then our actions and beliefs must be in conjunction and in harmony with the way of the Lord or else, we are truly hypocrites who proclaim to believe in God and yet lived our lives not in accordance to His ways and teachings, and we also bring scandal to our faith.

St. Paul spoke of how husbands ought to be respected by their wives as the heads of their respective families. However, this often caused us to overlook the fact that the wives ought to be respected equally by their husbands as well. And in the context of the societal norms of that era, it was customary and usual for husbands to be the ones who head the household while the wives were the ones who managed the household and cared for all the members of the family within.

Essentially, the family must be filled with genuine faith in God, or else that family is empty and easily shaken by doubt and lack of faith. And since our families, our genuine and faithful Christian families are the strong foundation of our Church, the basic units of the Church and indeed as the domestic Church ought to be filled with genuine love for God, faith and devotion. And this is impossible unless each and every members of the family work together in faith, gather together regularly in prayer.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we are all called to be more faithful to God especially in our families and communities. We are all called to contribute in whichever capacity we have, to be committed wholeheartedly to God in our every actions, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem to be. If every one of us do what we can, in everything we say and do, we shall bring forth the greater glory of God together.

Today, we are challenged to be builders of faithful, prayerful, loving and good families that come together and do whatever we can together to serve God with all of our hearts. Let us all renew our commitment to the Lord, that each and every one of us no longer serve our own selfish and worldly desires, but instead seek for the greater glory of God and His kingdom through His Church in this world, the tangible Body of Christ.

May the Lord be our guide and may He help us in our journey of faith, that each and every one of us may find our way to God and commit ourselves to a new righteous life and existence in Him. May God be with us always and may He empower us to be good and courageous Christians in each and every actions we take in life. Amen.