Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Ambrose, B.D. (07th December, 2019) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Ps 146:1-6 (R. Is 30:18);
Saint Ambrose was born about 339 at Trier and was elected Bishop when he was still a catechumen. He accepted the position after hesitation. Ambrose became a famous preacher and defender of the faith. He received Saint Augustine into the Church. He fought paganism and also protected the Church against political power. Saint Ambrose was a Christian bishop of great faith and energy.
Topic: Give without charge.
In today’s gospel, Jesus empowered his twelve apostles to cast out unclean spirits and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness. These twelve were sent out with clear instruction: “As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment”.
It is important to remind ourselves that we all possess variety of gifts from the same God, cf. 1Cor 12:4; Eph 4:11. Despite the fact that our gifts differ, they are given to us to be used, cf. Rom 12:6. These gifts are to be used not for the enrichment of the caretakers but for the good of all, cf. 1Cor 12:7.
As you go about your business today, this season, and all the days of your life remember that there lies your own gift from God. Do not steal or cheat or take advantage of others using the gift/s you received from God as arms. Rather give it/them freely to others without charge. Remember, “You received without payment; give without payment”. Saint Ambrose we celebrate today followed this injunction.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 12:1-31.
Thought for today: What do you receive from God and how do you use them?
Let us pray: May the Holy Spirit of God help us to understand the gifts we have been given and to use them for the common good (cf. 1Cor 2:12) – Amen.
Saint Ambrose – Pray for us.
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