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Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (26th September, 2019) on the Gospel
 
Hag 1:1-8;
Ps 149:1-6.9. (R.v.4);
Lk 9:7-9.
Topic: Hurt not.
When Herod heard about Jesus, he was perplexed because some said that John had been raised from the dead. Herod wondered because he beheaded John.
The book of Proverbs reads, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Prov 15:3). And He will repay everyone according to their deeds, cf. Matt 16:27; Rev 22:12.
Herod’s worry confirmed God’s words, “There is no peace...for the wicked” (Is 48:22; cf. Is 57:21; Gen 50:15). Again, “the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out” (Prov 24:20). God also threatened to send curses, confusion, and frustration upon the wicked, and in all they undertake until they are destroyed and perish on account of the evil they do, cf. Deut 28:20.
We must wash ourselves; make ourselves clean; remove the evil of our doings and cease to do evil, cf. Is 1:16. Our life is like a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes, cf. Jas 4:14. The book of Proverbs rightly warns, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Prov 27:1). We conclude with these words: Hurt not today that you may have peace tomorrow.
Bible Reading: Jas 4:13-17.
Thought for today: Prepare a peaceful tomorrow.
Let us pray: God, give us a heart of flesh to love you and our neighbours – Amen.
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