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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 28, 2018

Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Exodus 24:3-8 ;

 Psalm 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15;

Gospel MT 13:24-30


Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. "The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man
who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."'"

 

St ALPHONSA (1910-1946)

 

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” Gal 2.20.


“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” John 12.24.


St Alphonsa is the first woman to be declared a saint by the Catholic Church is known for her love of the Crucified Lord and her heroic practice of suffering in love. She wrote to her spiritual father: “Already from the age of seven I was no longer mine. I was totally dedicated to my divine Spouse.” She told her sister: “Jesus is my only Spouse, and none other.” In her determination to join religious life and to avoid marriage, she placed her foot into a heap of burning embers in an attempt to disfigure here. She received her religious habit in 1930 and made her final vows in 1936. She was always given a share in the sufferings of the Lord. In every situation, Sister Alphonsa submitted herself to the Lord and maintained a charitable attitude towards the Sisters, silently undergoing her sufferings. “I feel that the Lord has destined me to be an oblation, a sacrifice of suffering... I consider a day in which I have not suffered as a day lost to me.” Sister Alphonsa joined with her spouse eternally in 1946. Pope John Paul II in his visit to India declared her Blessed in 1986 and later in 2008 Pope Benedict XVI declared her a saint for universal veneration.


Through her life St Alphonsa teaches us eloquently on the salvific value of suffering and gives solace to many who suffer physically, mentally and spiritually. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “…the sufferings to be endured can mean that “in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his Body, that is, the Church…Suffering….becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus.”  Alphonsa wrote in a letter, “Since only grief and suffering have fallen to the lot of my Spouse, I too lovingly embrace them, and my soul is at peace, though my body continues to be tormented. For the last seven years I have ceased to be my own, being given over entirely to my Divine Spouse. You know all that; and now let the Lord do as He will with me. It is not a cure I am anxious for, but only that His Holy Will be fulfilled in me.” She becomes a person living in Christ so that all her sufferings and pain are not thought to be experienced apart from Christ but in Christ and with Christ. Blessed John Paul II said in his beatification homily: “From early in her life, Sister Alphonsa experienced great suffering. With the passing of the years, the heavenly Father gave her an ever fuller share in the Passion of his beloved Son. We recall how she experienced not only physical pain of great intensity, but also the spiritual suffering of being misunderstood and misjudged by others…. She came to love suffering because she loved the suffering Christ. She learned to love the Cross through her love of the crucified Lord.” Suffering accepted with the crucified Lord is saving and redeeming. The personal prayer life of Alphonsa was an outflow of her intimacy with the Lord and was fulfilled in her conscious choice of making the Lord the center and priority of her life. She considered everything else as secondary in her practice of daring self-denial and self-negation. The story and history of Alphonsa will remind Christians of the central mystery of the Christian faith, the redemptive suffering and death of the Lord and the Love which it revealed. Her veneration as a saint will be always effect a remembrance of the crucified Lord.


Fr Jose Nandhikkara CMI


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