Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (17th July, 2019) on the Gospel
Ps 102:1-4.6-7. (R. v.8);
Topic: Give thanks to God.
Jesus addressed the Father in today’s gospel, “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” After reading this, I asked myself, ‘When did I last thank God and for what?’
It might be very difficult for some remembering the last time they thanked God. However, we are ever ready with seemingly endless list of petitions. Meanwhile, Saint Paul rightly exhorts us, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1Thess 5:18).
No matter your condition, always thank God for His steadfast love which endures forever, cf. Ps 107:1. 118:1,29. 136:1,2,3,26. Postpone no further. God expects our thanks, cf. Lk 17:18-19. Let us therefore enter His gates not always with endless petitions but more often with thanksgiving and praise, because it is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the name of the Most High God, cf. Ps 54:6. 92:1. 100:4.
It is not optional. Every God’s creature must thank Him and all His saints must bless Him, cf. Ps 145:10. If God is your father and your master, He expects your thanks, cf. Mal 1:6. Give thanks to God in the congregation with your whole heart and tell of all His wonderful deeds, cf. Ps 9:1. 111:1.
Bible Reading: Lk 17:11-19; Ps 118; 136.
Thought for today: Always give thanks to God with your whole heart.
Let us pray: May the good Lord assist us in giving worthy thanks – Amen.
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