HOMILY, THURSDAY, 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A
MEMORIAL, ST GREGORY THE GREAT
[Gregory was born in Rome in 540. At the age of thirty five he left his career in public service in order to join the Benedictines. Later he became a deacon and was chosen as the papal legate to Constantinople. In 590 he was elected pope and for fourteen years he diligently led the church, sent missionaries in various areas and improved the liturgy. He died in the year 604.] Daily Missal
There is a common saying that God feeds the birds of the air, but he does not drop food into their nests.
Grace builds on nature. The miracle of multiplication started with the presentation of five loaves of bread and two fishes.
The huge catch of fish of Peter in today’s gospel started with the presentation of his boat to Jesus, the great provider. After toiling all night with nothing to show, his story changed the moment he gave his boat to Jesus for the proclamation of the word.
We become fruitful when we submit all we are and have to God. If the Lord does build the house, the labourers labour in vain. If he does not watch out over the city, the watchmen keep vigil in vain. Our going later to rest and early rising mean nothing, if we do not put God first. Psalm 127:1-2
When we conduct our trade with Godly values, we shall gain abundance blessings.
Like Saint Gregory the great, let us yield our life direction to God’s prompting and become useful instrument in his hands.
May we be generous with our resokurces. May all we do be done in God. And may the good Lord give success to the works of our hands. Amen.