Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pp. D. (10th November, 2018) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 112:1-2.5-6.8-9. (R. v. 1);
Saint Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. Saint Leo persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The doctrine of the Incarnation was formed by him in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople, who had already condemned Eutyches. At the Council of Chalcedon this same letter was confirmed as the expression of Catholic Faith concerning the Person of Christ. He was well-known for his great eloquence and writing skills. He died in 461, leaving many letters and writings of great historical value.
Topic: Consider your loyalty.
Jesus admonished us in today’s gospel to prepare for the life everlasting with the earthly wealth. He also said that whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much, and vice versa. Jesus said further, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
It is very easy for everyone to say that he/she is loyal to God. However, our God is a jealous God, cf. Ex 34:14; Deut 5:9. 6:15. He demands hundred percent of our loyalty.
We must check ourselves individually to ascertain if we are truly loyal to God. Just as it is easy for one to say that he/she is loyal to God, it may also be easy to find out whether this is real or just a made-up. Think of what will be your decision if you are to choose between God and your business, between Him and your friendship, or connections, or family, and so on. Remember the very words of our Master, “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).
Certainly, it is not an easy decision to make. However, “the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations” (Ps 100:5). Let us follow the example of Saint Leo the Great who served God with all his heart. Things may not be the way one wants them for a particular good work, but everything is as God wants them.
Bible Reading: Lk 14:25-33.
Thought for today: Only God stands for ever.
Let us pray: May the almighty God give us the strength to be faithful to Him in every circumstance – Amen.
Saint Leo the Great – Pray for us.
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