Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Taegon & Comps., MM., (20th September, 2017) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (I))
Ps 110:1-6. (R.v.2);
The evangelization of Korea began during the 17th century through a group of lay persons. A strong vital Christian community flourished there under lay leadership until missionaries arrived from the Paris Foreign Mission Society. During the terrible persecutions that occurred between 1839 and 1867, one hundred and three members of the Christian community gave their lives as martyrs. They include a few bishops and priests, but for the most part lay people. Outstanding among these witnesses to the faith were the first Korean priest and pastor, Andrew Kim Taegon, and the lay apostle, Paul Chong Hasang. Pope Saint John Paul II, during his trip to Korea, canonized these martyrs on May 6, 1984.
Topic: Utmost Importance.
Jesus compares this generation with children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn” (Lk 7:32). This comparison was based on their inability to accept both John the Baptist and the Messiah irrespective of their life styles.
May be you have been worrying what you will do to please one person or the other. I want to remind you that we are still in that generation Jesus spoke about in today’s gospel or even in a worse one. Both Jesus and His forerunner were not bothered about this but that of Utmost Importance, doing the will of God. So, listen to God and not to men, (cf. Acts 4:19) learn how to please God and not men, cf. 1Thess 4:1.
God will repay every person according his/her deed, cf. Matt 16:27, Rev 22:12. Saint Andrew Kim Taegon and his companions focused on pleasing God. Consequently we celebrate them today as saints and martyrs of God.
Bible Reading: Acts 4:1-22.
Thought for today: What is Utmost Important to you?
Let us pray: Lord, help us to listen to you and to please you alone – Amen.
Saint Andrew Kim Taegon & Companions – Pray for us.
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