Homily (Reflection) for Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima (13th May, 2016) on the Gospel and the memorial
(Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter)

Acts 25:13-21;
Ps 102:1-2.11-12.19-20. (R. v. 19);
Jn 21:15-19.

We commemorate the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three Portuguese children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Mary requested for the recitation of the rosary for world peace, end of World War I, conversion of sinners and conversion of Russia. Francisco died in 1919 and Jacinta the following year. Lucia dos Santos who later became a Carmelite nun died in 2005 at the age of 97. The feast of Our Lady of Fatima was approved by the local bishop in 1930 and was extended to the universal Church in 2002.[1][2]

Topic: Enough love for God.

Today’s gospel is part of what took place after the resurrection of Jesus. Recall that it was part of the gospel we read on Third Sunday of Easter, Year C. For easier access to our reflection on that, click: http://www.thepulpitonline.com/2016/04/the-primary-quality-third-sunday-of.html

What God requires of us is very clear: “The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all you soul, and with all your might” (Deut 6:4b-5; cf. Mk 12:29-33). God wants all to fear Him, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, and to serve Him with our whole heart and soul, cf. Deut 10:12. 26:16. 30:2. And both our survival and progress depend on our compliance, cf. Deut 30:6, 9-10.

In the Jewish culture, certain numbers mean more than amount or quantity. And the number three (3) is one of them. The number three signifies completeness and stability.[3] And while confirming His choice of Peter to head His church, Jesus asked him three times in today’s gospel, “Do you love me?” Jesus demanded for Peter’s whole and firm love because God has no place for half-measures or part-time disciples. He always give us the best and demands nothing but the best in return, cf. Jn 15:13; 1Jn 4:10.

Let us follow the example of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima and be ever ready to submit everything to the will of God “...let it be to me according to your word, cf. Lk 1:38. Are you ready for that?

Bible Reading: Mk 12:28-34.

Thought for today: God requires your whole self.

Let us pray: God, help us to love you above every other thing including our lives – Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima – Pray for us.

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