Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Josephat, B.M, (12th November, 2019) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 33:2-3.16-19. (R.v.2);
Saint Josephat was born in the Ukraine of Orthodox parents about the year 1580. He became a Catholic and joined the monks of Saint Basil. Josephat became a priest and was elected Bishop of Polock, and worked strenuously for the unity of the Church. He suffered martyrdom at the hands of his enemies in the year 1623. Culled from The divine office: The liturgy of the hours according to the roman rite. pp. 394-395.
Topic: Not here and now.
Jesus queried His disciples if any of them would ask his slave on his return from plowing or tending sheep to eat at once. He asked them further, “Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?”
A master who behaves in the way Jesus described in this gospel can be seen as an insensitive one. How could he not have given his slave at least a little time to rest; from the field to other house chores? However, the slave was to eat and drink after he had finished his work.
Often we either wonder or complain that things are not moving on well for us despite our efforts to be charitable, to avoid sin, to be just, to pray at all times, to be regular and punctual to church’s programmes, and so on. Certainly a slave who returned from the field would prefer to at least eat, and rest. But it was not the right time.
The Master will certainly repay every one of us, cf. Is 25:8. But that will be at the proper season, cf. Eccl 3:1. With the Psalmist I admonished ourselves, “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!” (Ps 27:14; cf. Ps 31:24). He is coming soon to repay every one according to what each has done, cf. Rev 22:12. Certainly, one may ask, ‘But when?’ The only sure answer is that it will be at God’s own time not ours which is unknown even to the angels, cf. Mk 13:32. Just wait for God. Saint Josephat waited for Him and today he is enjoying the beatific vision.
Bible Reading: Eccl 3:1-15.
Thought for today: At God’s own time.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the strength to be strong enough to wait for you till you come – Amen.
Saint Josephat – Pray for us.
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