Friday of the 24th week in the ordinary time

Theme: Reciprocity

Today the church celebrates the memorial of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, Pope, Bishop and Martyrs. They were two of our Ancestors in faith, who gave their life for their faith in God. They were convinced about their belief in God and willingly gave everything. In the same way, you and I have to do all within our power to show the depth of God’s love for us; by living our faith in a way that is pleasing to God. My brothers and sisters in Christ what is the quality of your faith in Christ Jesus? How much are you willing to give because of your faith in God? He has giving us so much already, so there is nothing we decide to sacrifice right now for the sake of God that will be greater than what he has given to us already. This is exactly what we are expected to do as a sign of appreciation for what he has done for us.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the women in the gospel reading of today, in their own way assisted Jesus and his Apostles with what they had, as they moved from place to place. They acknowledged the fact that Jesus has done so much for them and in their own little ways they were willing to make sacrifices to support Jesus in his ministry. Their action is an invitation to all of us who go by the name Christian, God has giving us so much for our good. Are you making any effort to appreciate in your own little way what God has done and is still doing in your life? However, whether we give God or not does not change anything for him, it is simply for our own good. This is because we cannot repay the generousity of God towards us, and he does not expect that from us in any way. It is simply our own little way of saying thank you for his love and presence in our life.

Dearly beloved in Christ, let us resolve today to continue to pray for increase in faith as we do all within our power to appreciate God’s love towards us. We pray that through the intercession of the saints we celebrate today, that God will grant us the grace to become better Christians through Christ our Lord. May Almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Memorial of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp