Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (25th September, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 118:18.104.22.168-35.44. (R. v.35);
Topic: Proof of worth.
When Jesus was told in today’s gospel that His mother and brothers were looking for Him, He replied, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” There is need to examine the things that we count on to pave the way for us to heaven.
People count on different things that include the church, status in the church, relationship with the authorities in the church, and so many much more. Jesus warns, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 7:21a).
He gave us the prerequisite of being His disciple, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:26; cf. Lk 14:27,33). Although many see this as too old to be applicable today, we are yet to receive another that either contradict or correct this.
We will be where Jesus is neither because of the church we belong to nor the we occupy position in the church. We will make heaven only if we remain in Christ’s words, cf. Jn 8:31. The only way to prove our worth is doing the will of our Father who is in heaven, cf. Matt 7:21b. Whoever hopes in any other thing is deceiving him/herself.
Bible Reading: Matt 7:21-27.
Thought for today: Doing God’s will is the key.
Let us pray: God, we need your help to do your will here on earth – Amen.
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