Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pp.D., (10th November, 2017) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Friday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time (I))
Ps 97:1-4. (R.cf.v.2);
Saint Leo the Great was born in Tuscany. He reigned as Pope between 440 and 461. Saint Leo persuaded Emperor Valentinian to recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. The doctrine of the Incarnation was formed by him in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople, who had already condemned Eutyches. At the Council of Chalcedon this same letter was confirmed as the expression of Catholic Faith concerning the Person of Christ. He was well-known for his great eloquence and writing skills. He died in 461, leaving many letters and writings of great historical value.
Topic: Use worldly riches.
Jesus taught His disciples in today’s gospel using the parable of the dishonest manager. In this parable, a rich man consequent upon reports of how his manager squandered his money called him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” The manager reduced the debts of his master’s debtors so as to have people to welcome him when dismissed.
We all are God’s creatures. He has assigned each of us to our different tasks. Hence, the Psalmist wrote, “...the LORD is God! It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” (Ps 100:3). Just like the rich man demanded of his manager in today’s gospel to give account, each of us must one day be called to give account of his/her life to God, our Master, cf. Rom 14:12; Heb 10:30; 1Pt 4:5.
Not minding how long and/or how precious an earthly possession is, none can last for eternity. However, the benefits of using them well can last forever likewise the punishment of their abuse, cf. Matt 25:40, 45-46. Saint Leo the Great we celebrate today did his best as a manager. We must remember always that we shall give account to God.
Bible Reading: Ps 103:1-22.
Thought for today: ...each of us will be accountable to God, (Rom 14:12).
Let us pray: God, help us to be ever conscious that we shall render account to you – Amen.
Saint Leo the Great – Pray for us.
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