Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, P. (03rd December, 2019) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 72:1-2.7-8.12-13.17. (R. v.7);
Saint Francis Xavier was “born in 1506, in Spain, he was an original member of the Society of Jesus with St Ignatius – he took vows of poverty and chastity, and committed himself to evangelise the pagans. He is one of the greatest of all Christian missionaries, preaching in Goa, South East Asia, Japan – where he landed in 1549. He learned Japanese, and formed a Church that endured long drawn-out persecution. He died while on his way from Goa to China, in 1552. Not only was his preaching effective in drawing people to Christ, but he was able to organise the communities so that they could survive when he left them.”
Topic: Blessed eyes and ears.
In today’s gospel, Jesus turned to His disciples and said to them privately:
Blessed are your eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.
We often play down on our vocation as Christians. On this Saint Peter in his first letter wrote:
...you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1Pt 2:9-10).
Saint John also wrote: “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are ...” (1Jn 3:1). Jesus too said: “... I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will” (Lk 10:21).
As we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ, it is important to call to mind how noble our call is. Again, we ought to be very humble because no one achieved anything on his/her own, cf. 1Cor 4:7. Hence, Saint Paul wrote, “Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God” (2Cor 3:5; cf. 2Cor 5:18; 2Cor 4:7).
Bible Reading: 1Pt 2:11-17; 1Cor 1:18-31.
Thought for today: To what extend do you live as a Christian.
Let us pray: Lord, as we prepare for the coming of your Son and our Lord Jesus Christ, help us to live fully as your children – Amen.
Saint Francis Xavier – Pray for us.
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