Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Rel. (21st June, 2017) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (I))
Ps 111:1-4.9. (R. v.1);
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (March 9, 1568 – June 21, 1591) was an Italian aristocrat who became a member of the Society of Jesus after a four-year contest with his father who wanted him to be a military hero. While caring for the victims of an epidemic that struck Rome in 1591, he caught the disease and died a student. He was beatified on October 19, 1605, by Pope Paul V and canonized on December 31, 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII, all in Rome. He is the patron Saint of young students, Christian youth, Jesuit scholastics, the blind, AIDS patients, and AIDS care-givers.
Topic: God is the target.
Audience ought to determine the medium of communication. Think of one whose target audience are old men and women in remote villages where there is no electricity using the television to pass information or another posting on the internet for people who do not have access to the internet.
Today’s gospel consists of Jesus’ teachings on almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. His introduction summarized the whole teachings, “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them: for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Whoever is giving alms, praying, and fasting must remember that it is God who rewards and as a result use the proper medium.
God does not need any publicity. He knows everything, including the secrets of the heart, cf. 1Jn 3:20; Ps 44:21; Rom 2:16. And He will judge and reward all according to their deeds, cf. Jer 25:14; Ezek 36:19; Rev 2:23. We all must give account to Him, cf. Heb 4:13.
The best people can afford is to say good things of a person and probably give awards that do not take one to anywhere, cf. 1Cor 9:25. Doing good works for others to see is worse than going into a competition that worth millions of dollars just to be hailed by people. We have much more in store, cf. 1Cor 2:9. Whoever wants to get the real benefits of good works must channel them properly. Let us follow the example of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga who washed and made the beds of patients irrespective of status, colour, race, and so on.
Bible Reading: Heb 11:23-28.
Thought for today: Work for the right reward.
Let us pray: May God help us live our lives entirely for Him – Amen.
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga – Pray for us.
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