Dear Friends in Jesus Christ, today the Holy Mother Church celebrates the 30th Sunday in the ordinary time year C. As we part take in the Holy Eucharistic Celebration, let us worship and thank the Lord for continuously blessing us weather we are grateful to the Lord we forget his presence in us.
it is important to keep in our mind that worshiping the Lord is obeying to his words. To obey to his words, need to listen to his words and ponder over them in our heart. During this Holy Eucharistic celebration let us listen to his words and make them as our own to live according to his will.
Today’s first reading is taken from the book Sirag,Chapter 35 verses 12- 18. The second reading is from the second book of Timothy. The Gospel passage is from St. Luke Chapter 18 verses 9 to 14.
1. Who is our God?
I begin this title to make you understand who our God is. When I went through the first reading, the book of Sirah is trying to explain who our God is. Before you read here , just go through the first reading here and then again you ask the question Who is our God:
A. God of Justice: Our God is the God of justice. If someone does not not practice justice in his words, actions and thoughts he cannot experience God, for our God is the God of Justice.
Romans 12:19, NLT
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.”
“Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.”
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Romans 12:21, NLT “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.”
“Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
“Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
“Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.”
“The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”
“Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
B. God of poor: Our God is the God of poor. It is not strictly speaking about material poor, rather it speaks about poor and pure in their hearts. Those who humble himself before God become the poor and pure in their hearts before God.
3 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
1 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.
13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.
5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
C. God who hears the cry of the oppressed: Our God is the God who hears the cry of the oppressed. The bible is very clear that our God never keeps quite when some oppress the other. God always listen to the cry of the poor and the needy and will stand for justice.
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.
I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.
Give ear, LORD, and hear; open your eyes, LORD, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.
1 Kings 9:3
The LORD said to him: “I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
D. God who responds and not delay: Our God is the God who always responds to the cry of the poor and never delay. Whoever trust in the Lord will experience God help in their lives. If you cry for help to God our heavenly father he will answer to your prayer.
Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven
Matthew 7:7 ”Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Daniel 7:13 – I saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Jeremiah 51:57 – And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise [men], her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name [is] the LORD of hosts.
Jeremiah 32:18 – Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, [is] his name,
Jeremiah 31:9 – They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim [is] my firstborn.
Isaiah 53:9 – And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.
Isaiah 52:1-15 – Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. (Read More…)
Isaiah 11:2-5 – And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (Read More…)
Isaiah 10:21 – The remnant shall return, [even] the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.