Monday, 8 November 2021 : 32nd Week of Ordinary Time (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this day as we listened to the words of the Scriptures, we are all reminded to keep our faith in God, having received the Wisdom of God and the truth that He has revealed to us. All of us should help one another to stay faithful to the Lord, and not instead make others to fall into sin. Essentially, we are reminded that as Christians, we have a very important responsibility of being good role models for each other in our faith and way of life so that we can help each other true to our faith in God.

In our first reading today, as we listened to the words of the Lord through the Book of Wisdom, we heard how the Lord’s Wisdom remains in the just people and in all those who are willing to listen to God and to embrace His ways. If on the other hand we prefer to keep to our own wayward paths, disobeying the Lord, His laws and commandments, then in the end, we may end up walking the path of foolishness and lacking in God’s Wisdom and guidance. That is what happened to many who have chosen to disobey the Lord and walk their own path.

And as we heard in our Gospel passage today, these foolish actions lead to scandals that happened in our faith and the Church. And there were those who misled others into committing such scandals as well, in their lack of faith and misguided actions, which not only led themselves to their downfall but others as well. The Lord was at that time also alluding to the actions of those who have been entrusted with the guidance and guardianship over the people of God, such as the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law, and the chief priests who were the custodians of the Law.

The Lord however still wants to forgive us and be reconciled with us, even with all those misdeeds, just as He said right immediately afterwards about forgiveness, and how we ought to forgive one another ceaselessly, the number seven used having the meaning perfection, and therefore is a call for all of us to be generous in forgiving just as God Himself is generous in forgiving us our sins, provided that we are willing to repent from our sins and waywardness and accept His ever generous mercy.

If only that we have true and genuine faith in the Lord, and entrust ourselves in Him and His Wisdom, and allow Him to do His wonderful works through us, then many more of us could have found our way to the Lord and His salvation. Unfortunately, many of us prefer to trust in our own flawed judgments and ideas, and we ended up doing things that led us deeper and further into sin, and as such, causing us to fall further into the path towards damnation. And not only that, we also dragged others into our folly.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, today as we listened to these, we are reminded to be faithful to God and to entrust ourselves to His Wisdom and providence. If we have erred and walked the wrong path thus far, God is always ever merciful and kind, and willing to embrace us and forgive us as He Himself has promised. However, are we willing to embrace Him and to be forgiven by Him. And are we also willing to listen to Him and allow ourselves to be guided by Him as we walk this path of life? Or do we prefer instead to continue trusting our own judgments and ideas?

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all therefore commit ourselves anew to the Lord from now on. Let us learn to accept God and His wisdom and truth into our own lives, and strive to do our best to live a life that is worthy of us being called as Christians, a life sanctified and blessed by God, and a life that is modelled after that of Christ Himself, and also after our innumerable holy predecessors, all the saints, the holy men and women of God. God has given us the free will and the freedom to choose our path, but let us also trust in His Wisdom to guide us so that we may choose the right path in life.

May God bless us all and may He remain with us in our journey of life, so that we may draw ever closer to Him, and continue to walk this path of life, and be strengthened in faith, at all times. May God bless us all, now and always, forevermore. Amen.

Monday, 8 November 2021 : 32nd Week of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Luke 17 : 1-6

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, “Scandals will necessarily come and cause people to fall; but woe to the one who brings them about. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck. Truly, this would be better for that person, than to cause one of these little ones to fall.”

“Listen carefully : if your brother offends you, tell him, and if he is sorry, forgive him. And if he offends you seven times in one day, but seven times he says to you, ‘I am sorry,’ forgive him.”

The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” And the Lord said, “If you have faith, even the size of a mustard seed, you may say to this tree, ‘Be uprooted, and plant yourself in the sea!’ and it will obey you.”

Monday, 8 November 2021 : 32nd Week of Ordinary Time (Psalm)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Psalm 138 : 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10

O YHVH, You know me : You have scrutinised me. You know when I sit and when I rise; beforehand, You discern my thoughts. You observe my activities and times of rest; You are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is formed in my mouth, You know what it is all about, o YHVH. From front to back You hedge me round, shielding me with Your protecting hand. Your knowledge leaves me astounded, it is too high for me to reach.

Where else could I go from Your Spirit? Where could I flee from Your presence? You are there, if I ascend the heavens; You are there, if I descend to the depths.

If I ride on the wings of the dawn, and settle on the far side of the sea, even there, Your hand shall guide me, and Your right hand shall hold me safely.

Monday, 8 November 2021 : 32nd Week of Ordinary Time (First Reading)

Liturgical Colour : Green

Wisdom 1 : 1-7

Love justice, you who rule over the world! Think rightly of God, seek Him with simplicity of heart, for He reveals Himself to those who do not challenge Him and is found by those who do not distrust Him. Crooked thinking distances you from God; and His Omnipotence, put to the test, confounds the foolish.

Wisdom does not enter the wicked nor remain in a body that is enslaved to sin. The Holy Spirit Who instructs us shuns deceit; it keeps aloof from foolishness and is ill at ease when injustice is done. Wisdom is a spirit, a friend to man, and will not leave the blasphemous unpunished, because God knows his innermost feelings, truly sees his thoughts and hears what he says.

For God’s Spirit has filled the whole world; and He Who holds together all things, knows each word that is spoken.