Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Taegon & Comps., MM., (20th September, 2019) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 48:6-10.17-20. (R. Matt 5:3);
The evangelization of Korea began during the 17th century through a group of lay persons. A strong vital Christian community flourished there under lay leadership until missionaries arrived from the Paris Foreign Mission Society. During the terrible persecutions that occurred between 1839 and 1867, one hundred and three members of the Christian community gave their lives as martyrs. They include a few bishops and priests, but for the most part lay people. Outstanding among these witnesses to the faith were the first Korean priest and pastor, Andrew Kim Taegon, and the lay apostle, Paul Chong Hasang. Pope Saint John Paul II, during his trip to Korea, canonized these martyrs on May 6, 1984.
Topic: Part of the Church.
Jesus went through cities and villages proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. He was accompanied by the twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities. These women provided for them out of their resources.
Recall that when Jesus met Peter, Andrew, James, and John, they were fishermen. He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” They all left everything and followed Him, cf. Matt 4:19,21. 19:27; Mk 1:17,20. 10:28; Lk 5:10b-11. 18:28. Saint Mark summarized the purpose of the twelve in these words, “...he appointed twelve ... to be with him, and to be sent out to preach, cf. Mk 3:14.
The women in today’s gospel were cured of evil spirits and infirmities. On their part, they provided for Jesus and His apostles.
Saint Paul describes the Church as a body, cf. 1Cor 12:12-13. Every part has specific function/s, cf. 1Cor 12:17-19. We are all members of His body, cf. Eph 5:30. And we all have functions. No healthy part of a body is functionless. As a member of the church, do you perform your functions? Saint Andrew Kim Taegon and his companions performed their functions. We must support one other by doing our respective functions.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 12:12-31.
Thought for today: You have responsibilities.
Let us pray: God help us always to be conscious that we are parts of the Church and to do our duties well – Amen.
Saint Andrew Kim Taegon & Companions – Pray for us.
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