It is 8th November 2016. The readings are from Titus 2:1-8, 11-14; and the Gospel from Luke 17:7-10. St. Paul strongly recommends that how the elderly need to be and to behave in the Church as well as in their respective homes. The example of life is very much required for the young ones. The parents, teachers and mentors of the society need to set a moral standard for the younger generation. Faith grows in the environment of witnesses to Truth, Charity and Faith. Our behaviour must be founded and built on the Doctrines and the Traditions of the Church. The elders need to protect against heresies, and exaggeration of truth. Living in truth is the sanity of human lives. Wherever lies and cheating prevail, the mental health is in question. God has revealed the Truth in Jesus and always helps us to identify the sin and evil through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Worldly desires and pleasures, the greed for possessions and looting of public funds and properties, seeking name and fame at all cost have to be rejected openly in the minds of the elders. The elders need to live a life in humility, simplicity and charity. “Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.” (Tit. 2:6-8). Let us never hesitate to teach the truth to the youngsters. They are indeed thirsty for truth. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.” (Ps.36:39). The Gospel teaches us that obeying God is just nothing but being faithful to our duties in any given state of life. It is indeed the privilege to do our duty faithfully. We must not look for appreciations, credits and recognition while serving the Lord. When we serve the Lord, none of us are doing anything extra rather we are just doing what is expected of us as duty. Each one has a duty to perform and God expects us and demands an account of the same. We must never compare ourselves with the others. God has given us the opportunity to serve not to brag about what we have done. We all need to deal with our spiritual pride and boasting. We learn to admit, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” (Lk.17:10). May God bless you.

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