Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Rel. (21st June, 2021) on the Gospel and the Memorial


Gen 12:1-9;

Ps 32:12-13.18-20.22. (R. v.12);

Matt 7:1-5.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (March 9, 1568 – June 21, 1591) was an Italian aristocrat who became a member of the Society of Jesus after a four-year contest with his father who wanted him to be a military hero. While caring for the victims of an epidemic that struck Rome in 1591, he caught the disease and died a student. He was beatified on October 19, 1605, by Pope Paul V and canonized on December 31, 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII, all in Rome. He is the patron Saint of young students, Christian youth, Jesuit scholastics, the blind, AIDS patients, and AIDS care-givers.

Topic: Charity begins at home.

Maybe because a person cannot look at most parts of his/her own body without a mirror, many avoid looking at themselves completely and concentrate fully on others. Unfortunately, the images presented most often are so much distorted that they are very far from the reality. And these give rise to criticism, condemnation, and so on.

Jesus questions in today’s gospel,

Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye (Matt 7:3-5).

Imagine the noise in our society today. People are yet to find anything to show for all these. Judging others is not an escape route from one’s sins; it condemns the judges themselves, cf. Rom 2:1.3. God will judge everybody both the righteous and the wicked on the appointed time, cf. Eccl 3:17. One’s delight ought to be in the fear of the LORD for He shall not judge by what His eyes see, or decide by what His ears hear, cf. Is 11:3.

Charity begins at home. Anybody who wants to effect any positive change must start from him/herself. Otherwise, it will be a replica of what our politicians do today intending to deceive the masses forever.

 Bible Reading: Rom 2:1-16.

Thought for today: The Lord will judge his people (Heb 10:30).

Let us pray: Lord, help us transform our society by changing our lives – Amen.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga – Pray for us.

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