Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (I) (12th October, 2019) on the Gospel
(BVM on Saturday, Opt Mem)
Joel 4:12-21;
Ps 96:1-2.5-6.11-12. (R. v.12);
Lk 11:27-28.
Topic: What really count.
One woman in today’s gospel raised her voice in the crowd while Jesus was speaking and said, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” However, Jesus replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”
This woman thought in the line of biological affinity. And like her, many hang on false hope of making heaven.
What counts as we read in the gospel is hearing and obeying the word of God. Obeying God’s word in question here is not selective obedience. Hence, Saint James warns, “...whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it” (Jas 2:10).
Dear friends in Christ, let us come back to all that God wants of us. Not to just hearing the word but most importantly putting them into practice because “...the word of God is living and active” (Heb 4:12). It can neither be dead nor inactive in any person. Saint James warns, “...be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (Jas 1:22). And that is the only way to eternal life.
Bible Reading: Phil 2:12-18; Jas 1:19-27.
Thought for today: Word of God is for action, cf. Is 55:11.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the strength to put every word of yours into practice – Amen.
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