Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Josephat, B.M, (12th November, 2020) on the Gospel and the Memorial
Philem 7-20; Ps 145:7-10. (R. v.5); Lk 17:20-25
Saint Josephat was born in the Ukraine of Orthodox parents about the year 1580. He became a Catholic and joined the monks of Saint Basil. Josephat became a priest and was elected Bishop of Polock, and worked strenuously for the unity of the Church. He suffered martyrdom at the hands of his enemies in the year 1623. Culled from The divine office: The liturgy of the hours according to the roman rite. pp. 394-395.
Topic: Today and Tomorrow.
The Pharisees asked Jesus in today’s gospel when the kingdom of God is coming. He replied them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”
Often many keep procrastinating when they will do one good thing or another especially repentance. We keep waiting for the favourable time. Regrettably, most often that so much wanted favourable time never came. Many do end up in regrets; ‘If I had known’. Hence, Jesus said to His disciples in today’s gospel, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.”
Dear friends in the Lord, stop procrastinating. God has blessed each and every one of us so much for every good work, cf. Matt 7:11; 2Cor 9:8. No one is sure of the next minute. Whatever good each wants to do needs to be done now. Things may not be the way one wants them for a particular good work, but everything is as God wants them for every good work.
Bible Reading: 2Tim 3:10-17.
Thought for today: You are not sure of the next second.
Let us pray: Lord, open our eyes to see how greatly you blessed us for every good work – Amen.
Saint Josephat – Pray for us.
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