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Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (24th September, 2019) on the Gospel
 
Ezra 6:7-8.12.14-20;
Ps 121:1-5. (R. v.1);
Lk 8:19-21.
Topic: Proof of worth.
When Jesus was told in today’s gospel that His mother and brothers were looking for Him, He replied, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” This reply calls for a look at those things we count on to pave way for us to heaven. These include church, status, and many more. Jesus warns, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 7:21a).
He also warns, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:26; cf. Lk 14:27,33). Although many see this as too old for today, we are yet to receive another condition.
One is to make heaven or not based on his/her commitment to Christ’s call to remain in His words, cf. Jn 8:31. In other words, one is to prove his/her worth through doing the will of our Father who is in heaven, cf. Matt 7:21b. Whoever hopes in any other thing is deceiving him/herself. Saint Paul warns against this, “Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers – none of these will inherit the kingdom of God” (1Cor 6:9-10). Again,
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit (Gal 6:7-8).
Bible Reading: Matt 7:21-27; Gal 6:1-10.
Thought for today: Doing God’s will is the key.
Let us pray: God, give us the grace to do your will here on earth – Amen.
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