HOMILY OF WEDNESDAY IN THE 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A
Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest
Saint Vincent de Paul was a 17th-century French priest renowned for his charitable work. He dedicated his life to helping the poor and marginalized, founding the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity. Vincent de Paul’s selflessness and devotion to service continue to inspire humanitarian efforts worldwide. His feast day is celebrated on September 27th, honoring his enduring legacy of compassion and social justice.
Ezra 9:5-9, Luke 9:1-6
THEME: SIMPLICITY AND TRUST: RECIPES FOR SUCCESSFUL MISSION
We are sustained not so much because of the prior preparation we make, but by been true to our identity and by undiluted dedication to our duty. The best of preparation we make can be shattered by a moment of distraction.
In today’s gospel, Jesus instructed his disciples, “Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic”
Jesus charged his disciples to be simple and not to think so much about their sustainability. He who called them knows how to provide for them. He knows that those who work will surely get their means of survival.
The Lord gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
However, it is easy to lose focus of our Christian calling if we always seek for convenience. Though it is good to be fit for the work of God, when we give too much attention to comfortability, we may lose sense of the core of our work and begin to rant over unrelated issues.
Like St Vincent De Paul, let us give our undivided attention to serving God in others.
May the grace of service be poured upon us afresh. Amen.