Wednesday, 25 October 2017 : 29th Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day we listened to the words of the Lord through the Sacred Scriptures reminding us all to be always ready and to be vigilant in living our lives, so that we may be always ready for the Lord when He comes again suddenly at the time of His own choosing. Otherwise, we may end up being caught unprepared and be considered unworthy in the end.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day through the Scriptures we are reminded that sin is our very dangerous enemy, which has always been present from the moment when our ancestors disobeyed the Lord and thus fell into sin. Sin has enslaved us and kept us under its tyranny for many ages, until the time when the Lord came unto us and brought us His salvation.

The Lord came, bearing His truth and offer for mercy and forgiveness of our sins. And through His many parables and teachings, the Lord Jesus wanted to remind each one of us to be holy and good in all of our actions and deeds, in all the things which we say and show to others. And we have been given these bodies, minds and hearts that we may use them for the good and faithful purposes in God.

Yet, many of us would rather allow sin to enter into our minds, into our hearts, into our bodies, our whole being, that those sins brought about corruption and wickedness. Sin is indeed a disease, like cancer, that is slowly eating us from within. And many of us do not realise that we have this affliction in us because we have often been desensitised to sin. We have committed sins and disobedient acts in our lives so much that they become somewhat like our second nature.

But if we do not do anything about this, we will end up falling into condemnation, when Our Lord and Master comes, and He will reject us because He is disgusted by our sins and wickedness. It is by our sins and by our righteousness that we will be judged, and should we be complacent in living our lives according to our faith, instead falling into the many temptations of this world, we are all in great danger, of losing our eternal souls to eternal torment in hell.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, many of us tend to take our faith for granted, just because we often think that because of that faith, then we are fine and that there is nothing else that we need to do. That is why there are so many of us Christians who have been lulled into a false sense of security and safety, and we end up becoming lapsed in the practice of our faith. This is also how sin ends up having a way with us, anchoring itself in our hearts and minds.

We have been freed from the tyranny and enslavement by sin through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose death on the cross broke forever the hold and power which sin and the devil have over us, and through His loving sacrifice, He has liberated us from the darkness and kept us from our fated destruction. Yet, many of us are tempted again and failed to resist those temptations, and many was such because they were incapable of resisting the temptation to sin and disobey God for our own personal gain.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all reflect on these matters, and let us think about what each and every one of us as Christians can do in our lives in order to change ourselves for the better, so that while once or indeed now, we may still experience the corruption of sin, through our thoughts, words or actions, we may then seek to be forgiven from our sins, and to sincerely repent from them, that we may gain true righteousness in God.

Let us delay no longer, but from now on devote ourselves completely to the Lord, so that through all the things we do, we will draw ever closer to Him. Let us not think that we still have time, and that the Lord will forgive us nonetheless. Any sins that remain unconfessed and unforgiven before God will become great obstacles in our path towards God’s salvation and grace.

May the Lord inflame us with the spirit and courage in order to live faithfully according to the Gospels of Christ, so that in our actions, we may show true faith and commitment to that same faith, that we may draw ever closer to God and be worthy of His eternal life and glory. May God bless us all. Amen.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 : 29th Week of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Luke 12 : 39-48

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “Pay attention to this : If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.”

Peter said, “Lord, did You tell this parable only for us, or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Imagine, then, the wise and faithful steward, whom the master sets over his other servants, to give them wheat at the proper time. Fortunate is this servant if his master, on coming home, finds him doing his work. Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property.”

“But it may be that the steward thinks, ‘My lord delays in coming,’ and he begins to abuse the male servants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. Then the master will come on a day he does not expect, and at an hour he does not know. He will cut him off, and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful.”

“The servant who knew his master’s will, but did not prepare and do what his master wanted, will be soundly beaten; but the one who does unconsciously what deserves punishment, shall receive fewer blows. Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one who has been entrusted with more.”

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 : 29th Week of Ordinary Time (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Psalm 123 : 1-3, 4-6, 7-8

Had not YHVH been on our side – let Israel say – had not YHVH been on our side, when people rose up against us, then, they would have swallowed us alive; such was their anger against us.

A bit more, and the flood would have engulfed us; the torrent would have swept over us; the raging waters would have swept us away. Blessed be YHVH, Who did not let us be devoured.

Like a bird, our soul escaped from the snare of the fowler; the snare was broken and we were freed. Our help is in the Name of YHVH, Who made heaven and earth.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 : 29th Week of Ordinary Time (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Romans 6 : 12-18

Do not allow sin any control over your mortal bodies; do not submit yourselves to its evil inclinations, and do not give your members over to sin, as instruments to do evil. On the contrary, offer yourselves, as persons returned from death to life, and let the members of your body be as holy instruments, at the service of God. Sin will not lord it over you again, for you are not under the Law, but under grace.

I ask again : are we to sin because we are not under the Law, but under grace? Certainly not. If you have given yourselves up to someone as his slave, you are to obey the one who commands you, are you not? Now, with sin, you go to death, and by accepting faith, you go the right way.

Let us give thanks to God, for, after having sin as your master, you have been given to another, that is, to the doctrine of faith, to which you listen willingly. And being free from sin, you began to serve true righteousness.