Thursday of 17th Week of OT C--Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop, Doctor of the Church

Salt of the Earth and Light of the World

Today, the Church remembers Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. He was born of noble parents, near Naples, in 1696. At the early age of sixteen, story tells, he was made doctor in the law, and he threw himself into this career with ardor and success. Not too long, he made a mistake, by which he lost an important cause, showed him the vanity of human fame. He then determined to labor only for the glory of God. One of his famous quotes said, “Your God is ever beside you – indeed, He is even within you.” When God is within us, we will be the light of the world and the salt of the earth just as just as Saint Paul convicted and sent the letter to the Roman Community saying, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) We will be the light of the world and the salt of the earth when we allow the Lord enters into our lives as the Lord Jesus invited us reported in today’s Gospel. The question is: How would we recognize that He is within us? Perhaps, through our good words and good deeds to one another; by listening to our parents and respecting; by helping our parents with house works; by pleasing our parents when we complete our school works, and many other good words and good deeds that we can do to let the light of the Lord shines through and in us.

“Think of what is above, not what is on earth” (Colossians 3:2). This is the theme for the Teen Acts’ Retreat this year at Saint Paul the Apostle. How would we think of what is above and not what is on earth if we are not willing to learn to detach what is on earth to focus on what is above? To come to the retreat during summer is really a great sacrifice that our teens make this year. It’s really fitted for the theme that we pick for this retreat to think what is above, not what is on earth; or rather, to learn to detach what is one earth to focus on what is above when the teens get together for this weekend’s retreat.

More than what our teens think of what is above that they detached themselves to come to retreat this weekend, but they really allow that thinking touched their hearts to take courage and strength to come to the retreat. With that burning within, may they continue to let the light of Christ burning in their heart that after the retreat, they will be truly the salt of the earth and the light of the world through their good words, good deeds, and strongly involved more into the activities of the parish at Saint Paul the Apostle.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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