Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (II) (10th September, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 5:5-7.12. (R. v.9);
Topic: Make others smile.
It was another Sabbath day in today’s gospel, a man with withered right hand was in the synagogue where Jesus was teaching. The scribes and the Pharisees were more interested in finding accusation against Jesus than bettering the poor condition of the man. Jesus knew their evil intention yet He said to the man, “Come and stand here.” When he had done that, Jesus first queried those crouched in hiding, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” He then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand was restored.
Despite the evil plots of the scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus “went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38). He knows the consequences but He was not deterred because He was doing the will of the Father who sent Him, cf. Jn 4:34. 5:30. 6:38.
It is certain that some are not happy whenever they see smiles of joy on the faces of others. Anything that brings about this is their enemy. Just as Jesus was not deterred, go on and restore smiles on the faces of others. Remember that some will not be happy but that is the will of God. So do not be deterred. Fear not (Zech 8:13; Jn 16:33). They will not succeed for the battle is the Lords, cf. 1Sam 17:47; 2Chro 20:15.
Bible Reading: Pss 143:1-12. 146:1-10.
Thought for today: Plan and do good.
Let us pray: May God give us the strength to be ever ready to restore smiles on the faces of others – Amen.
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