Wednesday, 23 June 2021 : 12th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today as we listened to the words of the Lord in the Scriptures, we are all reminded of the Covenant which God has established with Abraham, our father in faith, the Covenant He made because He remembered His promise to those who have faith in Him. The Lord reassured Abraham that by his faith, he and his descendants shall be forever blessed and be in the grace of God.

The Lord made His Covenant and sealed it with him after Abraham remained firm and true, dedicating himself faithfully and committed himself all the way, and God knew Abraham for who he is, as He knows everything in each and every one of our hearts and minds, even to our deepest secrets and things that we ourselves may not even be aware of. And God knew that Abraham truly had faith in Him and loved Him with sincere and genuine intentions.

He promised Abraham that He will bless all of His descendants and that they will number as numerous as the stars in the skies and the sands on the shores of the seas. And everything did come to happen just as the Lord willed it, as Abraham became the father of many nations, and not only those who had been able to trace their descent to him, but also all who now call him and consider him as their father in faith, including that of all of us.

Then in our Gospel passage today we heard the Lord speaking to His disciples and the people using a parable regarding the matter of good fruits and good trees. He mentioned to the disciples, many of whom would have been familiar to the agricultural terms mentioned, how the trees that are good will produce good fruits, for at least most of the time, and they are unlikely to produce bad fruits. On the contrary, if the trees are bad in nature, then it is also unlikely that they will produce fruits that are good in quality.

And linking to what we also now know about the passing of these traits in the plants, we know that those traits came from the generation that came before them, and those earlier generations themselves got those traits from their previous generations. What this means is that, first of all, since all of us are in one way or another, the descendants of Abraham, coming from his descent by blood or by faith, then by right, we should have the same good traits that Abraham had with us.

However, the reality is that, as the Lord mentioned, there are bad seeds and bad trees among us, all those who have led wicked and rotten lives, disobedient against God and His ways, refusing to follow Him and following the whims of their own desires and greed. How did this happen, brothers and sisters in Christ? It is just like how plants and other living things can change due to certain things that happen in their genes or the environment.

For us, we allowed the corruption of sin and the wickedness it brought to mislead us, to change us and to bring us into the wrong path. It is often that we refuse to allow the Lord to enter into our lives and to help and guide us, and we often trust in our own strength and power, in our own intellect and ideas, that we ended up on the wrong path. This is how we ended up becoming the bad seeds and the bad trees, producing rotten and bad fruits because we have no real and genuine faith within us.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all today recall the faith and the dedication showed by our father in faith, Abraham, in all that he had done, and in everything he had showed us in his life. We have received this faith, the revelation of truth, and all these knowledge. It is then up to us to decide whether we want to follow the path that the Lord has shown us, following the examples of Abraham, our father in faith, in this Covenant that the Lord has made and renewed with all of us.

May the Lord be with us and bless us in our every actions and way of life. May God strengthen each and every one of us in our faith, that we may be ever closer to Him and we may persevere through the challenges and trials we encounter through life. May God bless us always, now and forevermore. Amen.

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