HOMILY FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST. JOHN DON BOSCO.
THEME: The Lord reaches out to touch our lives and, in doing so, moves us to reach out in faith and touch his presence to us.
BY: Fr. Deotacious Chikontwe, SMA.
HOMILY FOR JANUARY 31ST.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Today dear brothers and sisters, we celebrate the memorial of Saint John Bosco, populary known by the name Don Bosco. Born on August 16th, 1815, in Turin town of Italy. He died on January 31, 1888 in Turin. He was canonized saint on April 1st, 1934 by pope Piux XI who knew him as a young priest. His feast day is on January 31. He was a Roman Catholic priest who was a pioneer in educating the poor and founded the Salesian order. He is a patron saint of editors, publishers, youth, and apprentices.
*ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF THE DAY*
Today’s gospel reading presents us with two stories. Two desperate people approach Jesus in their need, a man and a woman, a prominent person within the synagogue community and someone excluded from that community because of her physical condition. Both stories make reference to touching. Jairus pleads with Jesus to come and touch, lay his hands, on his seriously ill daughter, and Jesus goes on to take Jairus’ daughter by the hand and lift her up. The woman reaches out and touches the hem of Jesus’ cloak. In both stories, the act of touching brings life where there was death, healing where there was sickness.
Both stories can speak to our own faith lives. The Lord wants to touch our lives in a healing and life-giving way, as he touched the life of Jairus’ daughter. The Lord does not relate to us at a distance. As he entered the home of Jairus and took his daughter by the hand, so he enters our homes, our lives, and takes us by the hand. He has entered fully into our human condition and meets each one of us where we are. The Lord who comes to us also desires us to come to him, like the woman in the gospel reading. As he touches our lives with his presence, he looks to us to touch his presence with our faith, like the woman.
St Don Bosco Pray for Us.
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