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Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (25th May, 2016) on the Gospel

(Saint Bede the Venerable, P.D; Saint Gregory VII, Pp; Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, V, Opt Mems)

1Pt 1:18-25;
Ps 147:12-15.19-20. (R. v. 12);
Mk 10:32-45.

Topic: Focus on the point.

Today’s gospel is made up of two sections: Jesus’ prophecy on His death and resurrection (Mk 10:32-34) and the request of James and John (Mk 10:35-45). The parallel of today’s gospel, Matthew 20:17-28, was read on Wednesday of the Second week of Lent (24/02/2016). And for our reflection on that, click on this link: http://www.thepulpitonline.com/2016/02/below-robe-wednesday-of-second-week-of.html

Christ knew that cross would be really scandalous if not properly understood, cf. 1Cor 1:23; Gal 5:11. To forestall this, He repeatedly told His disciples that it was coming, cf. Jn 13:19.14:29. And in today’s gospel, He made this prophecy the third time. Surprisingly, as He was doing that the apostles were preoccupied with trivial issues.

Consequent upon this, I call on each and every one of us to have a personal reflection on his/her mission especially in the house of God because God will “search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jer 17:10; cf. Heb 4:12; Rev 2:23). The letter to the Romans reads,

“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, indeed it cannot” (Rom 8:6-7).

God understands every plan and thought. And whoever seeks God will find Him but He casts off those who forsake Him, cf. 1Chr 28:9; Prov 11:20.12:8. Let us therefore seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness (Focus on the point) and every other thing will be given to us as well, cf. Matt 6:33.

Bible Reading: Lk 11:33-36.

Thought for today: He who trusts in his own mind is a fool, cf. Prov 28:26.

Let us pray: May the will of God be done on earth as it is in heaven – Amen (cf. Matt 6:10).

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