Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Lucy, V.M., (13th December, 2017) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent (II))
Ps 102:1-4.8.10. (R. v.1);
Lucy’s history has been lost and all we really know for certain is that this brave woman lived in Syracuse and lost her life during the persecution of Christians in the early fourth century. Lucy can mean ‘light’ or ‘lucid.’ A legend that has passed the test of time tells the story of a young Christian woman who vowed to live her life in service of Christ. Her mother tried to arrange a marriage for her with a pagan. After her mother’s miraculous healing, she persuaded her mother to give the dowry money to the poor and allow her to commit her life to God. The rejected bridegroom was deeply angered and betrayed Lucy's faith to the governor Paschasius. The governor tried unsuccessfully to defile her at a brothel. Lucy was not burnt when she was set ablaze. She was finally killed by the swords. Lucy is the patron saint of the blind.
Topic: Come to me, (Matt 11:28).
In today’s gospel, Jesus asks all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens to come to Him and have rest. The gospel reads further: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt 11:29-30).
The book of Lamentations is unambiguous that what brings about true heavy burdens is sin, cf. Lam 1:14; cf. Hos 11:7. Hence Saint Paul admonishes us not to submit again to the yoke of sin, cf. Gal 5:1. The book of Lamentation reads further: “With a yoke on our necks we are hard driven; we are weary, we are given no rest” (Lam 5:5).
God asks us in today’s gospel to come to Him and have the troubling and tiring yokes removed from us, cf. Nah 1:13. We are left with two options – either to go to God and be freed or remain with our heavy burdens.
No matter how bad you think your situation is, be certain that nothing is too hard for God, cf. Gen 18:14; Jer 32:17,27. The blood of our Lord can make the best out of us, cf. Is 1:18. We ought to follow the example of Saint Lucy who turned to God undaunted by the anger of the rejected suitor and the persecution of the governor. Make the best out of your state today by leaning on Jesus.
Bible Reading: Nah 1:12-15.
Thought for today: Are you under any yoke?
Let us pray: God, help us to be free from every yoke of sin – Amen.
Saint Lucy – Pray for us.
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