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22/9/98 BIBLE STUDY : LUKE 5 : 1 - 11
Lord, through this homily and miracle, perfectly unites the spiritual and
bodily nourishment. In this extract from the Gospel of the first Sunday
of Luke, He reveals the miraculous results of a person’s obedience to the
word of God; firstly through his homily from the boat of Simon Peter and
secondly through the miraculous catch of fish.
- It reveals that the Philanthropic Lord is interested
in the spiritual and material nourishment of man. It also proves that He
is the Ruler of the world and the Ruler of the boat and our lives. This
extract proves that the Lord, during His life on earth, always spread the
word of God to the souls of man. On the mount, in the desert, in the synagogues,
at various homes, on the road, at the sea, He used everything as His pulpit.
13/10/98 BIBLE STUDY : ON ST LUKE’S FEAST DAY
- We should never attribute our good works or great achievements
simply to our own actions or our own power because without God, we can
do nothing. All our good qualities, talents and acts are gifts from God.
When we attribute our achievements to God and live according to His Will,
then our names will be written in the Book of Life. We should not rejoice
in our good works but rather, we should rejoice if our names are written
in the Book of Life, the Kingdom of Heaven.
- We should never cease thanking God for every good work
and great achievement in our lives.
SIXTH SUNDAY OF LUKE : THE DEMONIAC OF GADARENE
- The demoniac who met Christ upon his arrival at Gadara
was living in the tombs of the cemetery. The unclean spirits who possessed
him preferred to abide in unclean places. The evil spirits lead people
to their spiritual death.
- The evil one often speaks through possessed people and
often states truths, however his only intention is to gain people’s trust
and make them believe what he says. The evil one is the master of deceit.
However his power is minimal before the Lord. The Lord cleanses and frees
people from evil and grants salvation.
27/10/98 FIFTH SUNDAY OF LUKE : THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS
- In this passage, the Lord gives us a great deal of information
about life after death. We see clearly that Heaven and Hell exist, that
they are two separate states of being, separated by a “great gulf”, meaning
that nobody can pass from one state to the other. This shows us that there
is no repentance after death. Whatever we do, we must do as long as we
are alive and struggle to achieve our salvation, through repentance and
good deeds and the grace of God. After we are dead, it will be too late.
Death terminates our spiritual progress.
10/11/98 EIGHTH SUNDAY OF LUKE : THE PARABLE OF THE
- Christ, once again in this passage, uses a parable to
indicate a great truth regarding the salvation of mankind. The Lord, in
this parable tells of a man who was going on a journey from Jerusalem to
Jericho, just as every human being goes through the journey of life. He
was ambushed by thieves and left half dead by the road side, just as mankind
was tricked by the evil one into sin, so that we were left “half dead”
spiritually. A priest passed by on that same road on which the injured
man lay. He saw the man, but passed on, doing nothing to help him. The
same thing happened when a Levite, a man who served in the temple passed
by. The priest and the Levite represent the priesthood of the Old Testament.
Thus, we see that the priesthood of the Old Testament was unable to raise
mankind’s fallen nature or save them from sin. But then, along the same
road passed a Samaritan, who, seeing the injured man, stopped, attended
to his wounds using wine and oil, took him to an inn and gave the innkeeper
money to take care of the injured man, telling him that if He used up any
more money, He would pay him when He came back. The good Samaritan is our
Lord who came and tended to our wounds of sin. The wine and oil represent
His holy mysteries, especially confession and Holy Communion. The inn is
the Church, in which all sinners are healed and the two denaria represent
the two Testaments, the Old and the New through which we are guided to
- This parable teaches us that any human being is our neighbour.
By S. V.