Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Josaphat, B.M. (12th November, 2016) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 111:1-6. (R. v. 1);
Saint Josephat was born in the Ukraine of Orthodox parents about the year 1580. He became a Catholic and joined the monks of Saint Basil. Josaphat became a priest and was elected Bishop of Polock, and worked strenuously for the unity of the Church. He suffered martyrdom at the hands of his enemies in the year 1623. Culled from The divine office: The liturgy of the hours according to the roman rite. pp. 394-395.
Topic: No alternative.
Jesus used the parable of the widow and the unjust judge to instruct His disciples on their need to pray always and not to lose heart. The unjust judge “who neither feared God nor had respect for people” for a while refused to grant the widow who also lived in the same city the justice she so much desired. But the widow never gave up. She continued pleading with the unjust judge until she got justice.
Have you ever asked yourself why the widow never gave up? The reason I think is simple. She had no alternative. The reason why many turn their back on God is because they think that God has alternative/s. But has He any? We still remember the reply of Saint Peter when Jesus asked them if they would leave Him like others, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).
Saint Josaphat never saw God as an alternative hence he worked strenuously preaching the gospel. We must follow his footsteps because God has no alternative. He alone is God, cf. 2Kg 19:19; Ps 86:10; Neh 9:6. And He alone is good, cf. Mk 10:18; Lk 18:19.
Bible Reading: Jn 6:60-69.
Thought for today: God has no alternative.
Let us pray: God, help us to understand that without you we can do nothing – Amen.
Saint Josaphat – Pray for us.
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