Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (24th September, 2016) on the Gospel
(BVM on Saturday, Opt Mem)
Eccl 11:9 – 12:8;
Ps 89:3-6.12-14.17. (R. v. 1);
Topic: As you rise.
Jesus came into the world to save the world, cf. Jn 3:17. 10:36. 12:47. In the words of Saint Paul, “...Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1Tim 1:15). This mission He was to accomplish through His death on the cross, cf. Rom 5:10; Eph 2:16.
In today’s gospel, “While everyone was amazed at all that he [Jesus] was doing, he said to his disciples, ‘Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.’” In other words, asking them to concentrate on the mission.
We are in this world for a mission. But the tendency of forgetting one’s mission seems to rise as one rises. We are admonished, “You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth” (Deut 8:18a). The Psalmist warns, “...if riches increase, set not your heart on them” (Ps 62:10). This is because, “...the wise die, the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others” (Ps 49:10). Note, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves wealth, with gain” (Eccl 5:10).
Every increment comes with corresponding responsibility, cf. Eccl 5:11. However, not all who do everything possible to rise are read for the corresponding responsibility. As you rise, do not lose your mission because it is based on the fulfilment of your mission that you shall be rewarded.
Bible Reading: Ps 49:1-20. 52:1-9.
Thought for today: Every level has corresponding responsibility.
Let us pray: Lord, assist us in fulfilling all you required of us – Amen.
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