Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, B.M (28th June, 2021) on the Gospel and the Memorial


Gen 18:16-33;

Ps 102:1-4.8-11. (R. v. 8);

Matt 8:18-22.

Saint Irenaeus, was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then part of the Roman Empire (now Lyon, France). He was an early Church Father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. His best-known book, Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies) is a detailed attack on Gnosticism, which was then a serious threat to the Church. His polemical work is credited for laying out the orthodoxies of the Christian church, its faith, its preaching and the books that it held as sacred authority.[1]

Topic: Following Christ.

Often, businesses are judged good or bad based on patronage. And sometimes while presenting them to people, certain things are left out just to ensure patronage.

In today’s gospel, we see two would-be Jesus’ disciples, a scribe and the other one. When the scribe informed Jesus of his intention to follow Him, Jesus explained to him one of the hazards of the business, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” We also see the necessity of following Christ in His response to the other who wanted to bury his father first, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus wants all to follow Him, cf. Matt 28:19. Although, it has its own hazards yet it is wrong to abscond for any reason, cf. Acts 6:2. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father, but by Him, cf. Jn 14:6. Whatever one sacrificed for the sake of Christ is kept safe, cf. Matt 19:29; Mk 10:30.

Jesus wants you too onboard after the example of Saint Irenaeus we celebrate his victory tody. Will you accept or turn it down?

 Bible Reading: 1Tim 6:11-19.

Thought for today: Christ wants you too.

Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to follow You and to let the dead bury their own dead – Amen.

Saint Irenaeus – Pray for us.

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