THE CHURCH AS A CHARITY ORGANIZATION

HOMILY, WEDNESDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A

OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY [MEMORIAL]

[Pope Pius V established this feast in thanksgiving for the crucial victory of Christian Europe over the Turks at the naval battle of Lepanto in 1571. It was said that the soldiers asked for the help of Mary through the Rosary. Today as we honour Our Lady of the Rosary, we pray that, by contemplating the mysteries of our salvation, all peoples may be brought together in to one family and that we may become instrument of peace wherever we are.] Daily Missal.

Gal. 2:1-2.7-14, Luke 11:1-4

 The church is one. God worked through Peter among the Jews and he chose Paul, though outside the apostle’s fold to work with the Gentiles. Having listened to the gospel preached by Paul, he was inserted into the life of the church. And he said,

When they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the gentiles and they to the circumcised; only they would us remember the poor, which very thing I was eager to do.”

They were sent by the same Lord, but on two different missions. Likewise, the church has different missions, apostolates and ministries. Each member is called to these missions differently according to God’s own merciful designs. We are all gifted differently. We are people of diverse charisms, working for the same Lord.

Meanwhile, at the centre of each mission is mission to the poor, or the less privilege. At its best, the church is a charity organization. Hence, as we extend the gospel of God’s grace, let us always remember our mission to the poor. May the good Lord give us enough of his charity that we may serve him in this special mission. Amen.

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