Scripture: Rom1,16-25; Resp. Psalm:Ps19,2-5; Gosp. Accl.: Heb4,12; Gospel: Lk11,37-41
The gospel of Christ is power for salvation for those who have faith. The gospel reveals the righteousness of God. To obey the dictates of the gospel is to work against all ungodliness and wickedness. To obey the dictates of the gospel is to live by the truth.
God whose revealed Himself to the people of old, reveals His invisible nature in the things He made, so that no one has any excuse for not following the dictates of God as the guide and norm for his live. This implies that no one must ever exchange the glory of God for another.
Creation is so beautiful, so well ordered, that the heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the works of His hands. Creation renders adequate testimonies about the goodness of its Maker. When creation does this, it fulfills its fullest potentialities, living as it is supposed to live. This is called coherence of life.
The coherence of life is what our Lord stressed in the gospel passage of today. The Pharisees were condemned for inconsistency and lack of coherence. This was the case with the Pharisee who accused of our Lord of not washing before He went in and sat at table for dinner. This was for them was intolerable language.
Our Lord used the occasion to expose the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, their penchance for ignoring the essentials for shadow-chasing; their love for cleaning the outside of the cup while neglecting the inside; their lives of rapaciousness and extortion and wickedness. These were actions and attitudes that were at variance to the message preached by our Lord.
The word therefore challenges us today to consider our ways. We are taught to examine the depth of our commitment as we journey to the eternity of God. In doing this, we have the example of life and commitment that St. Ignatius of Antioch, a man who despite being a disciple of an apostle, gave his entire life to the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ. May He intercede for us.
Let us pray: "Almighty ever-living God, who adorn the sacred body of your Church with the confessions of holy Martyrs, grant, we pray, that just as the glorious passion of Saint Ignatius of Antioch which we celebrate today, brought him eternal splendour, so may it be for us unending protection." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.