It is 20th September 2017. We celebrate memorial of St Andrew Kim Priest & Martyr, St Paul Martyr & Companions. The readings are from 1 Timothy 3:14-16; and the Gospel from Luke 7:31-35. Behavior of a person is very important for the proclamation of the truth. If our behavior is compromising the evil around, then what we believe is already compromised. If our behavior has become indifferent, then our faith is divisive and scrupulous. If our behavior is contradictory, we are settled with what is convenient and easy. If our behavior ignores the truth and tolerates the lies around, then we have become immune to injustice and atrocities of the powerful and the influential people around. St. Paul reminds St. Timothy the greatness of our religion lies hidden deep in the mystery we believe. Our faith will be complete when we meet our Redeemer face to face. Our new life in Christ needs to be seen in our new behavior pattern comprised of love, compassion, mercy, peace, justice, truth and joy in the Holy Spirit. Anything contrary to what we believe will lead us into perpetual darkness and a life of lies. “I wanted you to know how people ought to behave in God’s family – that is, in the Church of the living God, which upholds the truth and keeps it safe.” (1 Tim.: 3:14). The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Great are the works of the Lord.” (Ps. 32:12). Jesus encourages us all to be good even when we are going to be criticized for what we are doing. It is better to be good and doing good than to join the evil gossipers who have nothing but to criticize the other whether they are traditional or modern. It is the intention and the faith that surrounds matter in the person performing the good. People can be prejudices about all that one does to the other and scrutinize the motives behind. It is better to light as many candles as possible within our life time, than picking on people and places of darkness and spending all our resources and energy to discuss about them. May God grant us the courage to behave the way we believe. May you have a good day.

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