Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pp. D. (10th November, 2020) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 36:3-188.8.131.52.29. (R. v.39);
Saint Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. Saint Leo persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The doctrine of the Incarnation was formed by him in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople, who had already condemned Eutyches. At the Council of Chalcedon this same letter was confirmed as the expression of Catholic Faith concerning the Person of Christ. He was well-known for his great eloquence and writing skills. He died in 461, leaving many letters and writings of great historical value.
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.
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 Leo the Great – Pray for us.
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