Thursday of 14th Week of Ordinary C

Pray for Vocation to the Priesthood and Religious Life

It is interesting to observe the liturgy of the Mass since I’m a priest. I’ve seen, for instant, a deacon and even a priest makes the sign of the Cross on the water before he pours into the cup of wine which does not even mention in the rubric of the Roman Missal which the priest uses to celebrate Holy Mass. In the Liturgy of the Eucharist, it says, “The Deacon, or the Priest, pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly: ‘By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.’” (#24) The rubric does not mention to make the sign of the Cross on the water before one pours it into the chalice, why then some of us makes the sign of the Cross on the water before we pour it into the chalice? Are we afraid of dirty water? Poisoned water?

Today, the Church remembers Saint Benedict, Abbot. When his brothers, monks, out of hatred, poisoned him in a drink; but when the saint made the sign of the Cross on the poisoned bowl, it broke and fell in pieces to the ground. Some of our brother deacons and priests make the sign of the Cross on the water to make sure that it’s not poisoned perhaps? If it’s true that water might not be cleaned, then don’t we believe at the moment of consecration, the bread and wine turn into the Body and the Blood of Christ? It doesn’t matter how that water and wine might not be so cleaned, at the moment of consecration, it will become the Blood of Christ.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds Peter and others and to each and every one of us saying, “Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.” As priests, we leave behind our family and material things to serve people that we are entrusted to care for. As deacons, you sacrifice some responsibilities of family and material things to serve the people of God. All these sacrifices we make are all good. However, it would be better if we place our faith and trust in the Lord to follow not only what the Lord Jesus commanded us to do, but also to follow the Church’s teaching.

In Diaconate Ordination, Bishop hands the candidates of the book of the Gospel saying, “Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.” May our clergies learn to believe in what we read in the Bible. May our clergies learn to teach only what Jesus and the Church teach. And may our clergies learn to teach by setting good examples for followers to follow and not to be confused. Please, pray for our clergies.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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