Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (28th February, 2017) on the Gospel
(Saint Peter Damian, B.D., Opt Mem)
Sir 35:1-12;Ps 49:5-8.14.23. (R. v.23);
Topic: You need not.
Saint Peter said to Jesus in today’s gospel, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” And in Matthew chapter 19 verse 27, he even added: “What then shall we have?” Jesus assured him and in fact all of us,
Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age – houses, brothers and sister, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions – and in the age to come eternal life.
The letter to the Hebrews reads, “And before him [God] no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account” (Heb 4:13). Again, “...God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” (1Jn 3:20). And He is a faithful God, cf. Deut 7:9; Ps 31:5. 145:13; Is 49:7; 1Cor 1:9. 10:13.
Since God is All-knowing and faithful, we need not have double minds because He is fully aware of all our works, cf. Rev 2:2, 19. He will certainly reward each person according to his/her works, cf. Rom 2:6; 1Cor 3:8. We must therefore do every good work freely for their full rewards, cf. 1Cor 9:17. Similarly, Saint John also warned, “Look to yourselves, that you may not lose what you have worked for, but may win a full reward” (2Jn 1:8). The Lord is coming with His reward, cf. Is 40:10. However, He knows those who are His, cf. 2Tim 2:19.
Bible Reading: Ps 145.
Thought for today: The LORD ...knows those who take refuge in him (Nah 1:7).
Let us pray: God, help us do every good work freely for your reward in this life and in the world to come – Amen.
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