Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pp. D. (03rd September, 2019) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 26:1.4.13-14. (R. v.13);
Pope Saint Gregory I (the Great), son of Gordianus and Silvia was born around 540 in Rome. Pope Felix III (483 - 492) was his great-great-grandfather. He was well educated and excelled in all his studies. Gregory was the Prefect of Rome. He converted his family villa in Rome into a monastery (San Gregorio Magno al Celio) after his father’s death. As a monk, he was hard and strict. Gregory was proclaimed pope by acclamation after the death of Pope Pelagius II (579 – 590). He emphasized missionary work and also made many changes in the Mass. His contributions to the development of the plainchant (Gregorian Chant) is under dispute. Pope Gregory generously cared for the poor. He suffered from arthritis in his last years and died on March 12, 604 AD. He was immediately proclaimed a saint by means of popular acclaim and is venerated in the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran Christians. Saint Gregory the Great is the Patron Saint of England and Teachers.
Topic: Our Teacher is our Healer.
In today’s gospel, the people were amazed at Jesus’ teaching at Capernaum on a Sabbath because He spoke with authority. He also commanded the demon in a demoniac and it came out of him without harming him. In amazement, the people kept saying, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!”
Jesus is both our teacher and our healer. His word instructs and heals, cf. Matt 8:8. He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, cf. 1Tim 2:4. Hence, prophet Hosea invites all, “Come, let us return to the LORD; for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck down, and he will bind us up” (Hos 6:1).
And “whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope” (Rom 15:4; cf. 1Cor 10:11). Jesus invites all to come to Him with their burdens, cf. Matt 11:28. Whoever lacks wisdom should not hesitate to approach God who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him, cf. Jas 1:5.
My dear brothers and sisters, we ought to come to Jesus with all our challenges. He is ever ready to help us. But He expects us to come with faith, cf. Heb 10:22.38; Jas 1:6. “The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him” (Lam 3:25). While we approach God for teaching and healing, we should not forget the afflictions of our brothers and sisters after the example of Saint Gregory the Great.
Bible Reading: Jer 17:14-18; Hos 6:1-3.
Thought for today: Jesus has all the answers.
Let us pray: Lord, free all who are under every form of demonic attack and manipulations – Amen.
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