Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, B.M (28th June, 2016) on the Gospel and the Memorial

Amos 3:1-8. 4:11-12;
Ps 5:5-8. (R. v.9);
Matt 8:23-27.

Saint Irenaeus, was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then part of the Roman Empire (now Lyon, France). He was an early Church Father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. His best-known book, Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies) is a detailed attack on Gnosticism, which was then a serious threat to the Church. His polemical work is credited for laying out the orthodoxies of the Christian church, its faith, its preaching and the books that it held as sacred authority.[1]

Topic: We ought to pray.

Whenever someone is in a difficult situation, many things do come to mind. Many people might also come with their own suggestions. Unfortunately, most often all these including the worst mistakes one could do at the moment present themselves as best options.

In today’s gospel, as a result of the wind storm on the sea, water had begun to fill the boat in which Jesus was sleeping. Certainly, His disciples who were with Him must have thought of different options. Finally, they woke Jesus up saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a dead calm.

Think about your own situation. Certainly, it is not impossible for God. So, stop fidgeting.

As you think of the way to follow, remember the words of Saint Irenaeus of Lyons: Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe that it is more truthful than truth itself.

Never look for solutions in a way that will rob you eternity, cf. Matt 16:26. Jesus is still alive. You only need to wake Him through prayers, cf. Jas 5:13. We ought to pray constantly, cf. 1Thess 5:17. No one who believes in God will be put to shame, cf. Rom 10:11.

Bible Reading: Lk 18:1-14.

Thought for today: Never lose heart.

Let us pray: Lord, help us to be confident in you in all circumstances – Amen.

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons – Pray for us.

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