Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (07th August, 2021) on the Gospel

(B.V.M on Saturday, Opt. Mem)


Deut 6:4-13;

Ps 17:2-4.47.51. (R. v. 2);

Matt 17:14-20.

Topic: Trust in the Lord.

A man came to Jesus in today’s gospel, kneeling he prayed, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him” (Matt 17:15-16). Jesus replied, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you?” Jesus rebuked the demon, it came out of the boy and he was cured instantly.

Had it being that the man did not run to Jesus, the situation of the boy would either remain or might even worsen. He would have gone home disappointed and dejected.

In our own case, where do we put our trust? Often it is either in this or that man or woman of God, both real and fake. Hence, a good number go home disappointed. The Psalmist rightly noted, “Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Surely everyone goes about like a shadow. Surely for nothing they are in turmoil” (Ps 39:5-8). Note that those men and women of God are inclusive.

Nevertheless “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever” (Ps 125:1). The Psalmist also exhorts, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security” (Ps 37:3). And in the book of Proverbs we also read, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight” (Prov 3:5). Our Lord is an everlasting rock, cf. Is 26:4.

Bible Reading: Ps 125:1-5.

Thought for today: Where is your trust?

Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to remain always faithful to you – Amen.

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