Liturgical Colour : Green
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today as we listened to the words of the Scripture, we heard the words of encouragement from the Lord reminding us all that if we are faithful to the Lord and follow His ways, then we have nothing to be worried about, and we do not need to fear, for the Lord will bless us and protect us, and we will be provided for, and strengthened by grace. The Lord will always be by our side, even when we ourselves do not realise it. He has always been there for us, all the time.
In our first reading today, as we listened to the words of St. Paul in his Epistle to the Church and the faithful in the city of Corinth, we are reminded by the Apostle that no matter what sufferings and challenges we face in life, God is always by our side and He will never abandon us, no matter what. If we persevere faithfully through those trials and challenges, and remain faithful to Him, God will bless us and keep us in His grace and blessings. We have nothing to fear if we put our trust in the Lord, as our rewards in Him shall be great.
The Gospel, taken from the Gospel of St. Matthew recounted to us the famous Sermon on the Mount by the Lord Jesus, also known as the Beatitudes. In that Beatitudes, we heard about the Lord speaking to encourage those who are faithful to the Lord and are righteous and just in their way of life, living as true and genuine Christians, in showing love to one another, in bringing peace and harmony to the community, and in being selfless and generous in giving, all that the Lord has therefore called on all of us to do in our own lives.
Yes, brothers and sisters in Christ, through what St. Paul and the Lord Himself have told us, as Christians all of us are reminded to be virtuous and exemplary in our lives, that in our every actions, words and deeds we will always exhibit the most Christ-like attitude and behaviour, that came genuinely from our hearts, from our deep love for the Lord and from our enduring faith and commitment to the Lord. This is our Christian calling in life, and what each and every one of us are expected to do, in our own lives as Christians.
Unfortunately, many of us have yet to practice these in our own lives, and many of us live our lives much as the rest of the world have also done. Brothers and sisters in Christ, if that is the case, then are we not Christians just in name only? And in fact is it not scandalous and improper for us to even be calling ourselves as Christians, if our actions prove to be even contrary to the teachings of our faith? And yet, that is what quite a few of us have been doing, in being selfish and evil towards others, in manipulating and exploiting others, especially those who are weak and less fortunate.
And there are many more among us who have succumbed to the temptations of the world, the temptations of worldly pleasures and glory, that we have ignored and abandoned God’s truth and way, in exchange for the ways of the world. Is this what we are called to do as Christians? No, certainly we are not! As we heard from the Scriptures today, we are all called and challenged to be different from the world, to show love, care and compassion when there is so much hatred and evil in this world, and to show mercy, peace and reconciliation when there are so much violence and bitterness in our world today.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, are willing and able to commit ourselves anew to the Lord and His path from now on, if we have not yet done so? Let us all realise our Christian mission and calling, all that we have been expected to do, as part of this one Church and one community of the Christian faithful. Let us all devote our effort, time and attention to serve the Lord more faithfully, and persevere ever more strongly in faith, dedicating all that we can to bring glory to the Lord and to show our Christian faith, love and charity to one another.
May the Lord be with us all, and may He always bless us in our every endeavours, and let us also ask Him to strengthen us and to give us the courage, the energy to go on when things are challenging in our lives and in our path. May God bless us always, now and forevermore. Amen.