It is 31st August 2016. The readings are 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; and the Gospel from Luke 4:38-44. The first reading explains that it is God who brings growth in everything we do. The praise and glory belongs to God not for the fellow workers. Each one is called by God to accomplish something in the Church and in the society. Some are invited to plant, others to weed and some others are to water. At the end, it is God who brings the desired growth. So there is nothing to boast and no one to take credit for the work they do. Jealousy, factions and wrangling must not come in the way of working for the Lord. We do not require a position to do something good. Let us go on sow the seeds of hope, love and peace even if the desired growth is delayed. We will be rewarded by God for the work we do and the faith we impart. We must not be satisfied with what we have achieved so far. Still there is something wanting in all we have done and even now we have not done the best to all people at all times. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.” (Ps.32:12). The Gospel presents the first miracle in the house of St. Peter, who needed the strength in his faith commitments. Jesus is for all people and He cannot be contained to one particular nation or a group. “I must proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.” (Lk.4:43). We too are encouraged not to be trapped to one particular place or people. We must learn to move on in our works. Let us begin to work for all people. It is even good to work for those who are going to be ungrateful, critical, and difficult people. There is no boundaries for the unconditional love. May God bless you and have a good day.

Leave a Comment