Tuesday of the 17th week in ordinary time year A

Ex. 33:7-11:34:5b-9.28      Mat. 13: 36-43

Theme: God’s gift

Today the church celebrates the memorial of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, a bishop and doctor of the church. He was the founder of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as the Redemptorists (CSsR). He had a very strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Gregory XV1 canonized him in the year 1839, and he was made a doctor of the church by Pope Pius 1X in 1871. He is the patron saint of confessors. He was referred to as a great moral theologian and this reflected in his way of life and in the administering of his Diocese as a Bishop. He made good use of the gifts given to him by God and used it to build the body of Christ in a very profound way. Today we celebrate him because of the legacy he left behind, especially in his writings and the congregation he founded.

In the same way, we are all presented with the wonderful opportunity to reflect about how we are making use of the gifts that God has given to us? Everybody created by God has one gift or the other, but sometimes we are too lazy to work and discover our gifts and they remain dormant. Some of the gifts we have are easily noticed by us and those around us. While there are others that we will discover as we make good use of our gifts that we know already. Another thing that is very important about the gifts that God has given to us is that we must be contented and appreciate what we have.

Never think the gift you have is not good enough, remember that God knows you very well and knows what is best for you. Sometimes the problem some of us have is that we don’t like our gift and we want the gift God has given to other people. Appreciate what you have, and God will bless you with more gifts than you can imagine. Just work with what you have and leave the rest to God, he never makes mistake or get it wrong. Whatever he has given to you is good enough to take you to wherever God wants you to be. Just trust in him and follow him patiently and you will never regret it. May almighty God bless his words in our hearts in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.


Memorial of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp