Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (I) (11th September, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 61:6-7.9. (R. v.8);
Topic: Make others smile.
It was another Sabbath day in today’s gospel, a man with withered right hand was in the synagogue where Jesus was teaching. The scribes and the Pharisees were more interested in accusations against Jesus than bettering the poor condition of the man. Jesus knew their evil intention yet He said to the man, “Come and stand here.” When he had done that, Jesus first queried, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” He then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand was restored.
Despite the evil plots of the scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus “went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38). He knew the consequences but He was not deterred because He was doing the will of the Father who sent Him, cf. Jn 4:34. 5:30. 6:38.
Some are not happy whenever they see smiles on the faces of others. And anything that brings about this instantly becomes their enemy. However, just as Jesus was not deterred, we ought to go on and restore smiles on the faces of our brothers and sisters. It is the will of God. God want us to go about doing good. We remember that, “The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil” (Matt 12:35). Do not be deterred. Fear not. They will not succeed for the battle is the Lords, cf. 1Sam 17:47; 2Chr 20:15.
Bible Readings: Ps 143:1-12. 146:1-10.
Thought for today: Plan and do good.
Let us pray: May God give us the strength to be ever ready to restore smiles on the faces of others – Amen.
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