Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Saturday Mass of Our Lady)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, all of us today are reminded of our calling as Christians to bear God’s love with us and within our actions and deeds. We have to be loving and charitable just as our Lord Himself has shown us through His own examples and actions. For to be Christians is truly to love as the Lord Himself has loved us so generously that we also show the same love to Him first and foremost above all else, and then love our neighbours and fellow brothers and sisters in the same manner.
In our first reading today from the Epistle of St. John, we heard of the Apostle speaking of those who have courageously ministered to the people, the missionaries of the faith that travelled from town to town, much like how St. Paul the Apostle visited many places and proclaimed the Good News of God in all those places. And all those missionaries as in accordance to the Lord’s instructions, depended on the goodwill and generosity of the people of God.
The missionaries of the Lord went from place to place, preaching the Gospels and the Good News trusting themselves in the hands of the Lord. The Lord sent all of them to various places calling on them to gather more and more souls to salvation through faith. These were their labours of love, their efforts to show forth God’s love to all people and to touch their lives with God’s love and wonders.
And when those Christians and even pagans whom were in touch with these missionaries cared for the needs of these courageous servants of God, and in several occasion they even risked their lives and safety to protect these missionaries, they also showed the love of God and for those pagans and non-believers, it showed their faith and sincere desire to love God and follow Him, their openness and willingness to welcome the Lord into their house and presence when they welcomed those servants with peace.
In our Gospel passage today, we heard the parable from the Lord on the evil judge and an old woman. In that parable we heard how the evil judge was usually very proud and stubborn, refusing to budge or listen to reason in all circumstances. However, when an old woman kept coming up to this particular judge and pestered him again and again to ask him to settle her case, after her repeated insistence, the evil judge relented and helped her.
The intention of this parable as told by the Lord Jesus is indeed to highlight how even the wicked is capable of love, and thus all the more that the Lord, Who loved each and every one of us, love each and every one of us even more dearly. And if all of us call ourselves as Christians, as God’s beloved people then naturally we should also follow in His examples of love.
The question is, are we willing to love sincerely and generously as the Lord has loved us? More often than not, most of us tend to love ourselves first and seek our own satisfaction rather than to show our love to others as we should have done. In fact, many of us often chose to gain our own self-satisfaction and joy even at the cost of others’ suffering and pain, manipulating and deceiving others for our own gains.
And this is the sad reality of our faith, brothers and sisters in Christ. Many of us have not yet shown genuine faith in God and are still lacking in the way of His love. Let us all discern carefully therefore what we are going to do moving forward in life, that we may truly find our way to grow ever stronger in faith, in each and every moments of our lives from now on. May God bless us all and guide us always in our journey of faith in life. Amen.