Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (09th June, 2017) on the Gospel
(Saint Ephrem, Deac. D., Opt Mem.)

Tob 11:5-17;
Ps 145:2.7-10. (R. v.2);
Mk 12:35-37.
Topic: He calls Him Lord.
There are figures the Jews hold in very high esteem. They include King David. And Jesus said while teaching in today’s gospel, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared, ‘The Lord said to my Lord.... David himself calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?’”
Just like the Jews, we also hold a lot of things very high. But not of these can gain for us eternal life. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6).  He is the Lord of all, cf. Acts 10:36. Saint John the Baptist pointed Him out as the Lamb of God, cf. Jn 1:29.36. And an angel in the Book of Revelation described this Lamb thus, “he is Lord of lords and King of kings” (Rev 17:14).
We ought to be careful lest we misplace creatures for the creator. In Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans we read, “if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9). It is the Holy Spirit that helps one to confess that “Jesus is Lord” (1Cor 12:3).
Bible Reading: Rom 10:5-13.
Thought for today: Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am (Jn 8:58).
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace never to forget that your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords – Amen.

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