Tìm Kiếm

18 tháng 8, 2014

Homily for the XX Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A (Aug 17, 2014)


(see Is 56:1.6-7;
Rom 11:13-15.29-32;
Mt 15:21-28)

Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The message that we receive this Sunday comes from the three Readings which we have just listened to.  It tells us this very important and touching truth that God wants to gather all peoples from the four corners of the world into His house of prayer where they, as one family, will worship Him in love and gratefulness.
The Prophet Isaiah, eight centuries before Christ, disclosed that the Lord God made a covenant with not only the People of Israel but also the Gentiles.  Foreigners though, they would be admitted into the Holy Temple of God, if only they were able to “observe what is right, do what is just.”
It is thanks to this very open policy that countless peoples and nations have joined the Church in serving the true God and loving Father of all.
People need, however, to do their best in cooperation with God’s grace of merciful love in order to become the People of the New Covenant, signed in the Blood of Christ. 
Now, Christians should not ignore the fact that the People of the Old Covenant were removed from their place in God’s Holy Church for failing His Commandments.  In this sense, Saint Paul, in the second Reading, warns us about the danger of being rejected for disobeying God’s law.
Aware of the reality that in these days we Christians are very much affected by many forms of crisis, we cannot but ask ourselves whether or not the lesson of the People of the Old Covenant is still meaningful and helpful.
Saint Matthew, in the Gospel story, assures us that faith in Christ remains always the key to best solutions.
The Canaanite woman, the suffering mother whose daughter fell victim in the hands of the forces of evil came to Christ asking Him for help.  She knocked at the right door and the door was opened for her.
But the question is: how could she get Christ’s merciful healing power for her child?  The answer is what Christ said to her: “great is your faith.” 
This, in my opinion, is the very message that you and I receive today when we approach Christ in this Holy Mass and ask Him for help.  The key to our problems is nothing else but our trust in Christ mercy and power, not in money, and much less in any form of superpower of this world.
United with people celebrating the VI Asian Youth Day being held in Korea, we listen to Pope Francis who, in behalf of Christ, is calling us: “Asian youth, wake up!  The glory of the martyrs shines upon you.”
Let us not give up to temptations of forces of evil.
Let us stand up and follow Christ who is the source of love, peace and true and happy life.
Fr. Francis Nguyen, O.P.