It is 26th August 2017. The readings are from Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17; and the Gospel from Matthew 23:1-12. God fulfils whatever God planned through human interactions. In the first reading, a faithful Ruth married a man of her father-in-law’s tribe named Boaz and eventually gave birth to a son whose grandson was King David. The responsorial Psalm praises, “See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.” (Ps.128:4). In the Gospel, Jesus points out that we need to believe Jesus more beyond mere words. Our faith sharing must not just end in words alone. It is not our personal skill in displaying the best words possible in preaching matters rather our preaching must be the outcome of our lives. It is not our personal knowledge and intelligence that we need to display to attract many people but to bring people closer to Christ by sharing Christ Jesus as our knowledge and light of our lives. A fruitful preaching is not a demonstration of better words rather it must be the outcome of better lives. When words remain words without action, it has no spiritual impact whatsoever on others. People end up liking the preaching but not loving it to adopt for their lives. Our faith need not end in display of public shows rather genuinely and deeply personal and interconnected. Self-seeking reverence and gathering followers for what we do and say is opposed to the values of the Kingdom. We are here to love and to lead people to the origin of love. When we have used our faith for personal gains and upgrading our personal lives, we just end up using God and God’s people. May there be connection between what we say and what we live. Our humble service to the bruised humanity is the best preaching this world needs not the waves of words. “The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt. 23:12). May you have a good day.

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