Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, P.D., (28th January, 2019) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (I))
Ps 97:1-6. (R. v.1);
Tommaso d'Aquino (1225 – 7 March 1274) otherwise known as Saint Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican friar and a Catholic priest who was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the “Doctor Angelicus” and “Doctor Communis”. Unlike many currents in the Church of the time, Thomas embraced several ideas put forward by Aristotle—whom he called “the Philosopher”—and attempted to synthesize Aristotelian philosophy with the principles of Christianity. Saint Thomas best known works are the Summa Theologica and the Summa contra Gentiles. His commentaries on Sacred Scripture and on Aristotle also form an important part of his body of work. He is also distinguished for his eucharistic hymns, which form part of the Church's liturgy. Saint Thomas Aquinas is a Doctor of the Church.
Topic: Divisions among God’s children.
The scribes branded Jesus a demoniac in today’s gospel because He was doing what He was sent to do (the will of the Father), cf. Jn 4:34. 5:30. 6:38. Jesus’ reply to them in parables reads in part, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”
There is serious emphasis on the need for us to be united. Every Christian is part of one body, the Christ, cf. 1Cor 12:12. 27. Eph 2:19. 5:30. We ought to be one with God and with our brothers and sisters, cf. 1Cor 6:17; Gal 3:28. Saint Paul admonishes us, “...if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom 6:5). He also appeals to all,
Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose (1Cor 1:10).
Remember, we ought to be one with God and with our brothers and sister, cf. 1Cor 6:17. Although He assures us victory (cf. Deut 20:4), yet we keep weakening ourselves through divisions. As long as we keep fighting each other, we can never be as effective as we ought in the world. Let us retrace our steps back to unity with God and with our brothers and sisters.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 1:10-17. 3:1-23.
Thought for today: ...you are still of the flesh... as long as there is jealousy and quarrelling among you (1Cor 3:3).
Let us pray: Lord, give us your Spirit and a heart of flesh to be united with you and with our brothers and sisters – Amen.
Saint Thomas Aquinas – Pray for us.
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