Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (18th September, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 99. (R. v.3);
Topic: Wipe the tears.
As Jesus accompanied by His disciples and a large crowd approached the gate of Nain, the dead body of the only son of a widow was being carried away for burial. Jesus said to the widow out of compassion, “Do not weep.” He came “forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you, rise!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.”
Many people out there are tired of crying because of the condition they find themselves. Just as Jesus turned the widow’s sorrow into great joy, God requires of us to wipe our brothers’ and sisters’ tears, cf. Matt 25:40,45.
Jesus’ action made the large crowds to recognise and to glorify God. It is important to consider what we have done to wipe the tears of others. Just one dab can save a soul already at the verge damnation. Many are waiting for our consolation. In consoling other, we must remember,
If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? (Jas 2:14-17)
Again Saint John questioned, “...if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?” (1Jn 3:17)
Bible Reading: Matt 25:31-46; Jas 2:14-26.
Thought for today: You must wipe other’s tears.
Let us pray: Lord, open my eyes to see the tears that gush down from the eyes of your children. And give me the courage to wipe them – Amen.
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