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Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Sept. 3, 2014

 

READINGS

First Reading: 1 COR 3:1-9

Responsorial Psalm: PS 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21

Gospel: LK 4:38-44

 

Homily

Chapter 4 of St. Luke which started with Jesus visiting His hometown and manifesting Himself as the Anointed One as prophesied by Isaiah presents to us Jesus fulfilling the Divine Mission of the Messaiah, Anointed One. In our Gospel today, Jesus cured the sick and liberated those in the clutches of demons. First He cured the mother-in-law of Simon who was sick with fever, then He cured all the sick who were brought to him and all those possessed by evil spirits.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases
brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

Jesus did not allow the demons to reveal Him as the “the Son of God, the Messiah, the Anointed One not only because He did not want the people to get the wrong understanding of who the messiah is but also because their knowledge of who He is is is without faith. There is no other person who can proclaim the true messiahship of Jesus but Jesus Himself. All that He said and did testify to this. He went around Israel proclaiming a year acceptable to the Lord. That is why Jesus said “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”

Only those who listened to Jesus’ words and believed in Him as the Anointed One of God were the recipients of the mighty works of Jesus. The mother-in-law of Simon and those who were brought to Him were cured because of their faith and the faith of those who brought them. In like manner, we too will receive and behold the wonders of the fulfillment of the Divine Mission of Jesus as the Anointed One if we truly have faith in God. But, we can only say that we have the kind of faith God wants if we live according to the Life of Jesus. For us today, this is simply living our Christian lives. This is living a life in the Anointed One.

 

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