Friday of 4th Week of Lent A

Definition of the Wicked

In today’s first reading, the author of the book of Wisdom beautifully explains that the wicked doesn’t normally like the righteous and often make the life of the righteous ones miserable. The righteous words and deeds of the righteous person often reveal the evil words and deeds of the wicked ones. Therefore, the wicked ones do not like the righteous people.

In today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus was the righteous one who revealed the evil words and deeds of those wicked ones, particularly the Jews who tried to arrest him, but he escaped from them because his hour had not yet come. His righteous deeds were to heal the sick, to cure the disease, to defend for the widows and the orphans, to be friends with the sinners, the tax collector, the prostitute, and the outcast. His righteousness surpassed the laws of Moses that created tension among the scribes, the Pharisees, the Levi and the Jews. They knew the laws. They knew who Jesus was and where he came from. They knew and understood many things, but one thing they lacked that was faith.

In his book Fides et ratio, Faith and Reason, by Saint Pope John Paul II, he compares faith and reason or understanding are like the two wings of the bird that the bird cannot rise to the truth if one of the wings is broken. Therefore, we need to balance both faith and understanding. The Jews, scribes, Pharisees and the Levi might understand the laws of Moses and have great mind to know the coming of the Messiah and many other things, but what they lacked is faith to believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God himself.

How are our faith and understanding? We might read and understand the Scriptures, but how is our faith compares to what we learn and understand from the Scriptures? During this coronavirus outbreak, how many people pick up the Bible to read when they don’t even have to go to work? During this outbreak, how many people spend time to pray? How many people turn off the TV, the shows, or the movies to pray together as a family? How many people stop surfing on Facebook or media for an hour after an hour and finally crash with anxiety and stress? How many people prioritize time to participate in the livestream Mass that many priests invite them to join? If we don’t have time to pray together as a family, to attend livestream Mass together, to sign up for our teens to attend sessions online at, and to help our children keep up with their religious education materials, when will we have time? God entrusts to us seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day to enjoy this life, and how many hours a day and how many days a week we spend time to thank the Lord for this life, to honor him and to worship him in our life? Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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