Saturday, 25 September 2021 : 25th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green or White (Saturday Mass of Our Lady)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today through the readings of the Sacred Scriptures all of us are called to remember God’s love and providence for us, how He cares about us and has always been present for us, loving us dearly and never giving up on us despite our constant stubborn attitudes and our waywardness. He still patiently cared for us and sent to us His Saviour as He has promised, that everything which He has proclaimed and spoken through His prophets and messengers would be fulfilled.

In our first reading today, taken from the Book of the prophet Zechariah, we heard of the Lord speaking through the prophet to His people regarding the Lord Who would protect His people and would not allow harm to come to them, even as the city of Jerusalem back then was in the midst of being rebuilt. Contextually, the prophet Zechariah was active during the reign of the King of Persia, Darius, some time after the Israelites had returned from their exile in Babylon and Assyria.

At that time, the people of Israel were gradually beginning to rebuild their cities and lives anew, and the city of Jerusalem itself was in the midst of reconstruction after having been devastated and razed by the Babylonians many decades previously. The Temple of God in Jerusalem was also then in the midst of rebuilding, as the people turned back towards the Lord under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah, as well as the influence of other prophets including that of Zechariah himself.

Therefore, with this context, we can understand better how the Lord reassured His people of His continued presence in their midst and how He would be the centre and focus of their lives, being their Hope and strength amidst the darkness and evils surrounding them. This He communicated to them, and He later on would make evident and firm His commitment by sending us His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to be our Saviour, to bring unto us the Light of Hope that we all have been awaiting for.

In our Gospel passage today, we then heard the Lord Himself speaking on this matter as He told His disciples how He would be betrayed into the hands of His enemies and how He would be persecuted and made to suffer by the authorities, and eventually, would be condemned to die and to suffer for everyone’s faults and sins. He did all of these because He has patiently loved us and wanted us all to be reconciled to Him, and He wants us to put our trust once again in Him. Yet, despite all that we had done for us, we persecuted Him and rejected Him.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, as we listened to the words of the Scripture today, we are all called to reflect on our lives and how we have lived them as Christians thus far. Have we been faithful to the Lord as we should? Have we been committed to Him and loved Him as we should? Have we realised just how fortunate we are to be constantly beloved by God despite of our sins and wickedness? We should spend the time to carefully reflect on our actions in life so that we may not end up in the wrong path.

Today we are all challenged to grow in love and faith towards the Lord, and to leave behind our sinful ways, our disobedience and all the things that had prevented us from being able to reach out to the Lord. Let us all humble ourselves before the Lord and realise just how ungrateful and sinful we have been thus far. Let us follow the Lord with ever greater sincerity and commit ourselves to Him anew with a heart filled with love for Him, with the strong and genuine desire to be a good and committed Christian from now on.

May the Lord be with us always and may He continue to strengthen each and every one of us to walk faithfully in His path so that we may be inspiration and good examples, as great role models for one another. May all of us do in whatever way we can to glorify the Lord by our lives, thankful that He has always loved us and blessed us in each and every one of our activities, and given even His Son for our salvation. May God bless us always, at all times. Amen.

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