Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (22nd September, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 48:6-10.17-20. (R. Matt 5:3);
Topic: Part of the Church.
Jesus went through cities and villages proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. He was accompanied by the twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities. These women provided for them out of their resources.
Recall that when Jesus met Peter, Andrew, James, and John, they were fishermen. He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” They all left everything and followed Him, cf. Matt 4:19,21. 19:27; Mk 1:17,20. 10:28; Lk 5:10b-11. 18:28. Saint Mark summarized the purpose of the twelve in these words, “...he appointed twelve ... to be with him, and to be sent out to preach, cf. Mk 3:14.
The women in today’s gospel were cured of evil spirits and infirmities. On their part, they provided for Jesus and His apostles.
Saint Paul describes the Church as a body, cf. 1Cor 12:12-13. Every part has specific function/s, cf. 1Cor 12:17-19. We are all members of His body, cf. Eph 5:30. And we all have functions. No healthy part of a body is functionless. As a member of the church, do you perform your functions? We must support one other by doing our respective functions.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 12:12-31.
Thought for today: You have responsibilities.
Let us pray: God help us always to be conscious that we are parts of the Church and to do our duties well – Amen.
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