Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Lucy (13th December, 2016) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Zeph 3:1-2.9-13;Ps 33:2-3.6-7.16.18-19.23. (R. v.7);
Lucy’s history has been lost and all we really know for certain is that this brave woman lived in Syracuse and lost her life during the persecution of Christians in the early fourth century. Lucy can mean ‘light’ or ‘lucid.’ A legend that has passed the test of time tells the story of a young Christian woman who vowed to live her life in service of Christ. Her mother tried to arrange a marriage for her with a pagan. After her mother’s miraculous healing, she persuaded her mother to give the dowry money to the poor and allow her to commit her life to God. In anger, the rejected bridegroom was deeply angered and betrayed Lucy's faith to the governor Paschasius. The governor tried unsuccessfully to defile her at a brothel. Lucy was not burnt when she was set ablaze. She was finally killed by the swords. Lucy is the patron saint of the blind.
Topic: Think Better.
Today’s gospel started from where that of yesterday stopped. Jesus used a parable of a man who had two sons to teach the chief priests and the elders of the people. The man in question went to the first and asked him to work in the vineyard but he replied: “‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind [thought better of it] and went”. The man made the same request of the second son who hardly allowed him to finish before the reply: “‘I go, sir’; but he did not go” even till date. Both the chief priests and the elders of the people rightly answered that it was the first who did his father’s will.
Jesus went on to tell them that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are making heaven ahead of them because John the Baptist came the chief priests and the elders of the people did not believe in him but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And to worsen the situation, the chief priests and the elders of the people never thought better and believed.
That you or I have said something or decided on something does not mean that you or I have gotten to the best. Nothing is better than the best. Lucy we celebrate today decided on following Jesus and never allowed anything to distract her. She also brought her mother to Christ.
There are lots of things we have decided on. Some of them are not just wrong but also evil. God expects us to make amends today. This can be in the form of changing decisions, course, even asking for forgiveness for the wrongs we have done to others, explanations, and so on.
Bible Reading: Matt 14:1-12.
Thought for today: You can always think better.
Let us pray: God, source of true wisdom, help us to think better – Amen.
Saint Lucy – Pray for us.
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