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.