HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II.
THEME: The Son of Man is master of the Sabbath.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3 2022
Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope, Doctor.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 Corinthians 4:6-15
Today the Church also celebrates the Feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great, one of the great Popes, a great servant of God and reformer, who dedicated himself to the greater glory of God. Pope St. Gregory the Great reformed the Church in many different ways, reformed the Roman clergy and also influenced the greater Church community, purifying them from the excesses and corruptions of the world, enforcing a new and more rigorous practice and discipline in the Christian community.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In today’s first reading, Saint Paul asks a question that is worth reflecting upon. ‘What do you have that was not given to you?’ Paul is reminding the members of the church in Corinth that so much in life is gift. We might work for something but even the ability to work is itself a gift. The people who matter most to us in life are a gift. We probably didn’t go looking for them; they came to us.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading, Jesus’ disciples were treating the ears of the corn in the cornfield through which they walked as a gift. The Pharisees accused them of breaking God’s Law, but Jesus defended their actions. They were hungry and taking a few ears of corn to satisfy their hunger was perfectly acceptable.
The laws of the Pharisees about the Sabbath were not Jesus’ master or his Lord. Rather, Jesus declares that he himself is Lord of the Sabbath.
The Lord stands alongside us to defend us, to strengthen us, in and through the Spirit. This is what we find Jesus doing in the gospel reading. He stands alongside and defends his disciples against the unfair criticism of the Pharisees, ‘Why are you doing something that is forbidden on the Sabbath day?’ The answer Jesus gave to them was, ‘The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath’. He is Lord of our lives, too, and his lordship is one of love. Therein lies our hope.
Happy Feast of St Gregory the Great, St Gregory Pray for Us.