Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (21st October, 2017) on the Gospel
(BVM on Saturday, Opt Mem)
Ps 104:6-9.42-43. (R. v.8);
Topic: Acknowledging Christ.
Jesus told us in today’s gospel, “...I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.”
These words of Jesus sound so sweet that often we forget that the call has a price tag. Jesus also warns, “...they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake” (Matt 24:9; cf. Matt 10:22a; Mk 13:13a; Lk 21:17).
Dear friends, while deciding for Jesus, remember that it involves weeping and lamenting. However, we should not be discouraged because the sorrows of this present life because they will certainly turn into good. Jesus put it thus, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (Jn 16:20). Again, we must remember that “...he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matt 10:22b; cf. MK 13:13b).
Bible Reading: Matt 10:16-25. 24:9-14.
Thought for today: Between temporal sorrows and eternal damnation.
Let us pray: Lord, assist us to damn every temporal sorrow that will come our way as we acknowledge you before our brothers and sisters – Amen.
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