Saturday, 6 November 2021 : 31st Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

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

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this day as we listened the words of the Scriptures we are all reminded to remain faithful and focused on the Lord, to follow Him wholeheartedly and not to be easily swayed and tempted by worldly temptations and distractions, all of which can mislead us and end up falling into the path of sin and damnation if we are not careful and allow ourselves to be misguided.

In our first reading today, we heard from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Church and the faithful in Rome, in which the Apostle spoke about his many contemporaries and fellow Christians, who have dedicated themselves in their own way, both in the city of Rome and in other places, in order to serve the Lord and to proclaim His truth to more and more people. It was their dedication and hard work, their contributions and efforts which allowed the faith to blossom rapidly in Rome and elsewhere.

St. Paul highlighted how God had called all the people to follow Him, Jews and Gentiles alike, from all origins and from various nations and races that had received His words and answered His call. And the ones St. Paul highlighted in his Epistle were just a few examples of the many others who had listened to the Lord and chose to respond to His call to be the bearers of the truth and to proclaim the same truth that they have received to many others who have not yet heard them.

In our Gospel passage today, we heard the continuation of the words of the Lord regarding the parable of the dishonest steward which we have heard yesterday. The Lord told His disciples and the people who were gathered about the matter, including the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law who were also in the midst of the crowd, and to whom the Lord actually addressed the parable to.

That is because in the parable of the dishonest steward, the Lord mentioned how a dishonest and greedy steward who was about to be dismissed by his master for his actions and mismanagement of the property, actually committed even more dishonest and wicked actions in order to secure for himself a good and comfortable life after he lost his job. And the Lord thereafter explained to the people, as we heard in our Gospel today, is why the actions of those who sought their own personal benefit is despicable, such as that done by the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law.

When the Lord mentioned these things, He wants us to know that we all have a choice to make, which involves the choice between following the Lord and the path of the world, that is the path of Satan and evil. God has given us the free will and the freedom to choose our path in life, but we have to make good use of the opportunities given to us, as well as the truth and wisdom given to us to decide carefully which path we ought to follow in live, as we go forward living them.

The examples of the Pharisees and many others amongst our predecessors should have shown us how dangerous and alluring the temptations of power and worldly glory and wealth can be. If we are not careful, we may end up falling deeper and deeper into its clutches, and slowly it will corrupt us more and more, eventually leading us down to fall into the depth of sin and evil, and from which we may find it difficult to escape, if we keep on allowing sin to affect us.

Let us instead follow the examples of St. Paul and his contemporaries, all those who decided to follow the Lord and answer His call. We should do as they had done, in following the path that God had set before them. They devoted their time, effort and attention to serve the Lord and placed His will and commandments, His missions and works ahead of their own personal ambitions, desires or any other worldly aims that they might have had.

May the Lord help us and strengthen us in our faith, and may He empower each and every one of us to follow Him wholeheartedly, that all of us may find our way to the Lord and we may dedicate our time and attention to Him the way our holy predecessors had done. May God bless us all and our every endeavours, now and always. Amen.

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