Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (19th September, 2016) on the Gospel

(Saint Januarius, B.M, Opt Mem)

Prov 3:27-34;
Ps 14:2-5. (R. v.1);
Lk 8:16-18.
Topic: Your stuff.
Jesus says in today’s gospel, “No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.” He also cautions, “...to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.” These words call for reflection on who we are.
Often we consider ourselves terribly helpless before both real and imaginary forces. We tend to forget that God created all things, and by His will we exist and are created, cf. Rev 4:11. God created us in His image and likeness, cf. Gen 1:26-27.5:1; Jas 3:9. And “everything created by God is good” (1Tim 4:4).
The stuff we are made of is by no means inferior and are made by the Master Himself. Whatever we are is what God has made us to be and His intention for us is to do good works, cf. Eph 2:10.
Before whatever that stands on our way, “...we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom 8:37). We must remember always God’s response to Saint Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2Cor 12:9a). Never feel inferior because you are not. To live fully so that others might see the light that we are, we must wake up from our slumber.
Bible Reading: Eph 2:1-10.
Thought for today: You are of superior by superior to be superior.
Let us pray: May God assist us to live our lives fully for His greater glory and for our happiness – Amen.

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