Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima (13th May, 2019) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter)
Ps 42:2-3. 43:3.4 (R. 42:3);
We commemorate the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three Portuguese children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Mary requested for the recitation of the rosary for world peace, end of World War I, conversion of sinners and conversion of Russia. Francisco died in 1919 and Jacinta the following year. Lucia dos Santos who later became a Carmelite nun died in 2005 at the age of 97. The feast of Our Lady of Fatima was approved by the local bishop in 1930 and was extended to the universal Church in 2002.
Topic: Between Jesus and others.
Yesterday, we reminded ourselves that we are the flock of Christ and our responsibility to follow our Good Shepherd, Christ. In today’s gospel, because the people did not understand the figure of speech Jesus used, He went on and spoke to them in these words,
Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.
Everyone therefore has two options: Jesus or others. And no one can follow Jesus and someone else, cf. Matt 6:24; Lk 16:13. However, Jesus is the gate for us, His sheep. Ones safety is guaranteed only by entering through Christ. Borrowing the words of Jesus Christ, others are thieves. And Jesus told us their mission: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
As we are blessed with yet another day, it is up to each and every one of us to decide either for Jesus or for others. And while making this important decision however, may no one forget the fact that Jesus is the only way that leads to safety. Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Him, cf. Jn 14:6. So, decide wisely!
Bible Reading: Jn 14:1-10.
Thought for today: There is only one safe gate.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to choose you and you alone – Amen.
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