Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint John Paul II, Pp. (22nd October, 2018) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 99. (R. v.3);
Pope Saint John Paul II (the Great) was born Karol Józef Wojtyła (18th May, 1920 – 2nd April, 2005). He was ordained a priest on 1st November 1946, consecrated a bishop on 28th September, 1958, created a Cardinal on 26th June, 1967, and a Pope from 16th October, 1978 to 2nd April, 2005. John Paul II improved the Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He visited 129 countries during his pontificate, beatified 1,340 people and canonised 483 saints. A key goal of his papacy was to transform and reposition the Catholic Church. He was beatified on 1st May, 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI and was canonized on 27th April, 2014 by Pope Francis. Pope Saint John Paul II is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Kraków, Young Catholics, Families, among others.
Topic: What consists life.
Someone begged Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But Jesus replied, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” He then warned the crowd, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Jesus also told them the parable of a rich man whose land produced abundantly. He planned how to store up his grain and goods for himself. However, “God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?”
These words of God to the rich man ought to ring bell continually in our ears. We are after so many things in this world. Most regrettably, some of them have nothing to offer us even in this present life. Yet we fall headlong in pursuit of them and are sometimes even ready to die for them.
It is crucial to question ourselves from time to time of the essence of the things we pursue and the ones already in our possessions. Again, it is also necessary to consider if we will leave this world with any.
Pope Saint John Paul II we celebrate today was not foreign to many. We witnessed his life, death, beatification, and canonization. And today, we celebrate him as a saint of God. If only we can repent today, we will rejoice in heaven with all the saints of God.
Bible Reading: Matt 13:44-50.
Thought for today: What consists life.
Let us pray: Lord, direct our hearts and minds after only the things that consist life – Amen.
Pope Saint John Paul II – Pray for us.
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