Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (2nd July, 2016) on the Gospel
(BVM on Saturday, Opt Mem)
Amos 9:11-15;Ps 84:9.11-14. (R. v. 9);
Topic: Face the goal.
In the Jewish culture, fasting is a common practise. They often parade it among other practises as visible signs of living according to God’s will. However, Jesus warned them of the impending danger of losing their reward in heaven, cf. Matt 6: 16-18.
One can see this same mentality at play in today’s gospel. John’s disciples came to Jesus with this question, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” They expected Jesus’ disciples to do the same. Jesus said to them, “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins....”
It is not right going about comparing one’s life with someone else’s because that is not the standard. The standard is, “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48). Again, it is God who will repay each person according to his/her actions, cf. Matt 16:27. And let no one neglect the log in his/her own eyes, cf. Matt 7:3.
Bible Reading: Matt 7:1-5.
Thought for today: God is the judge.
Let us pray: May God help us to live our lives as His children – Amen.
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