28 June, Tuesday — Staying Faithful

Jun 28 – St. Irenaeus, bishop, martyr

Irenaeus (c.130–202) was a disciple of St. Polycarp of Smyrna. He was ordained in 177. He was Bishop of Lugdunum, Gaul (modern Lyons, France). He worked and wrote against Gnosticism, basing his arguments on the works of St. John the Apostle, whose gospel is often cited by Gnostics. He dispatched evangelists, including St. Ferreolus of Besancon, and St. Ferrutio of Bescancon. He is considered the first great Western ecclesiastical writer and theologian, and he emphasized the unity of the Old and New Testaments, as well as Christ’s simultaneous human and divine nature, and the value of tradition. He is a Father of the Church, and was martyred for his faith.

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Amo 3:1-8,4:11-12
Mt 8:23-27

Do two men take the road together if they have not planned to do so?

The opening up of international borders has seen a tremendous number of people flying overseas to visit the various cities. It has become fashionable for people to post their trips on various social media platforms. In this day and age, it is no longer possible to be spontaneous about our desire to drop everything and fly away. Instead, there is some planning needed in terms of visa application and knowledge of the host city’s Covid-19 restrictions. The readings of today remind us of planning in our lives.

The first reading is an example of a lack of planning, where the Israelites chose to behave in a manner which made them unfaithful to the Law of Moses. They had chosen to abandon the way of life which God called them to and, instead, enter into a way of sin. This is an example where they chose sin and both of them have entwined around each other such that it is impossible for them to avoid the consequence of sin — which was the misfortune and destruction that Sodom and Gomorrah underwent.

The Gospel shows us how Jesus was confident in the providence which God has given Him. This allowed Jesus to calm the elements because of the strong faith which He had. This is an example which we should follow. This can only be done through constant prayer and fasting. In doing so, we will discover the power of living the faith in the presence of others. Gradually, we will grow to have the same level of faith as Jesus and, hopefully, not be rebuked by Him to be “[M]en of little faith…”

(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to grow our faith!

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who teach the faith.

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