Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (II) (10th September, 2016) on the Gospel
(BVM on Saturday, Opt Mem)

1Cor 10:14-22;
Ps 115:12-13.17-18. (R. v. 17);
Lk 6:43-49.
Topic: A must do.
Tree determines the fruit. What comes out of one’s mouth defines the person. Jesus questions, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?” He likens anyone who hears His words and acts on them to one who laid the foundation of his/her house on the rock. Arising of the flood and bursting of the river do not shake it. One who does not act on His words is like someone who builds a house without a foundation. And “When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”
The word of God is preached today through various means that were not available during the time of historical Jesus. Yet putting it into practise is more challenging today than ever.
We read from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, “...it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified” (Rom 2:13). Saint James also writes, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (Jas 1:22).
Some fan themselves that God will understand their inability to do some of His words because of the ones they do. It is important to remind ourselves that God requires us to conform fully; “...whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it” (Jas 2:10). So, where do you build – on the ground without a foundation or on a foundation laid on the rock?
Bible Reading: Jas 1:19-27.
Thought for today: Do His words.
Let us pray: Lord, we need your help to put all your words into action for we cannot achieve it on our own– Amen.

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