Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Ambrose, B.D. (07rd December, 2018) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 26:1.4.13-14 (R. v.1);
Saint Ambrose was born about 339 at Trier and was elected Bishop when he was still a catechumen. He accepted the position after hesitation. Ambrose became a famous preacher and defender of the faith. He received Saint Augustine into the Church. He fought paganism and also protected the Church against political power. Saint Ambrose was a Christian bishop of great faith and energy.
Topic: Your faith.
Although the two blind men who followed Jesus were crying loudly: “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” (Matt 9:27) but when he entered the house and the blind men came to him, he asked them: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matt 9:28). Could it be that the blind men would shout for help without having faith that Jesus could do it?
Just like the blind men who came to Jesus in today’s gospel, we come to Jesus with different forms of problems. But it is important that we keep our faith even when we say, we are greatly afflicted, cf. Ps 116:10. God assures us that whatever we ask in prayer, we will receive, if only we have faith, cf. Matt 21:22; Mk 11:22. Saint Ambrose we celebrate today was not only a man of faith but he also defended the faith.
Dear friends, surely you may have asked for a particular thing for a long time but that does not mean that God has changed. He can do that for you and will certainly do that but there is need to be steadfast, cf. Lk 18:8.
Bible Reading: Heb 11:1-40.
Thought for today: Stop wavering. He is very near.
Let us pray: Lord, we believe; please help our unbelief – Amen (cf. Mk 9:24).
Saint Ambrose – Pray for us.
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