Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pp. D. (10th November, 2016) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 145:7-10. (R. v.5);
Saint Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. Saint Leo persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The doctrine of the Incarnation was formed by him in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople, who had already condemned Eutyches. At the Council of Chalcedon this same letter was confirmed as the expression of Catholic Faith concerning the Person of Christ. He was well-known for his great eloquence and writing skills. He died in 461, leaving many letters and writings of great historical value.
Topic: Today and Tomorrow.
The Pharisees asked Jesus in today’s gospel when the kingdom of God was coming. He replied them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”
Often many keep procrastinating when they will do one good thing or another especially repentance. We keep waiting for the favourable time. Regrettably, most often that so much wanted favourable time never came. Many do end up in regrets; ‘If I had known’. Hence, Jesus said to His disciples in today’s gospel, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.”
Dear friends in the Lord, stop procrastinating. God has blessed each and every one of us so much for every good work, cf. Matt 7:11; 2Cor 9:8. No one is sure of the next minute. Whatever good each wants to do needs to be done now. Saint Leo the Great achieved a lot. However, if he was a man of procrastination, most if not all of them would have eluded him. Things may not be the way one wants them for a particular good work, but everything is as God wants them for every good work.
Bible Reading: 2Tim 3:10-17.
Thought for today: You are sure of only now.
Let us pray: Lord, open our eyes to see how greatly you blessed for every good work – Amen.
Saint Leo the Great – Pray for us.
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