Franco Grech osa

 

Reflections and Articles written by Fr Franco Grech osa

 


 

27th Sunday of the Year (A)

Is. 5: 1-7; Psalm 79; Fil. 4,6-9; Mt. 21: 33-43

Read: “There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants”. God says: “What else was there for me to attend to my vineyard which I did not do?”

Reflect: You and I are one of those vines. God planted us in his vineyard, the Church, on the day of our baptism. With the Eucharist he nourished us. On the day of our Confirmation he strengthened us. Every confession resembles the pruning of vines. The fruits of the Holy Spirit, according to St. Paul, are: happiness; patience; righteousness; faithfulness; and control. Jesus expects these fruits from me and you. If Jesus, the son of the owner of the vineyard, had to come now seeking these fruits, what will he find?

Pray: Forgive me God and, in your mercy, forget my guilt. “Come again, God Almighty; look down from heaven, and visit this vineyard. Take care of what was sown by your right hand, the sapling that you grew for yourself”.  

Act: What you sow you will reap! Do your utmost to live according to God’s Spirit, and let His will be done! In God’s hands everything blossoms.


26th Sunday of the Year (A)

Ez. 18: 25-28; Psalm 24; Fil. 2,1-11; Mt. 21: 28-32

Read: What do you think? – Jesus asked – Which of the two carried out God’s will? The son who told his father that he was going to work in the vineyards and did not go, or the other son who told him that he did not want to go, but then relented and went.

Reflect: The publicans and prostitutes can more readily – you members of the Church! – accept God in their life. Thus, they are likely to arrive before you in God’s Kingdom. It is only those who recognise themselves as sinners, and who accept that they need help, that will experience the joy of being saved.

Pray: Let us pray to God that we do not fall into the temptation of judging others and that we recognise that every person is greater than his/her shortcomings.

Act: In the quiet of your heart, accept that you are a sinner and that you need God’s mercy as much as, if not more, than those who, in your opinion, appear to be ‘bad’.

 


25th Sunday of the Year (A)

Is. 55: 6-9; Psalm 144; Fil. 1,20c-24,27a; Mt. 20: 1-16a

Read: “Are you being envious because I am generous?”. Take note of the characters and the reactions of those in the parable of the workers in the vineyard.

Reflect: Why do you find it difficult to rejoice at the good fortune of others? People are jealous when they think that somebody else has possession of something that belongs to them …. or simply because they wish to own what others have. What is your reaction to this parable?

Pray: You are always going to realise that somebody else owns more than you and others less. Pray that you avoid being jealous. Jealousy shatters relations. Pray that you avoid being jealous at all costs; and remember that life could be unjust. Pray that you have a heart that rejoices at the good that others have.

Act: When something good happens to somebody else, join that person in her/his happiness and try not to be like somebody who wishes to possess all that is good. Show in a genuine manner your appreciation and happiness at the graces received by any of your brethren.


24th Sunday of the Year (A)

Sir. 27: 33-28,9; Psalm 102; Rom. 14: 7-9; Mt. 18: 21-35

Read: Whether we live, or we die, we belong to the Lord. Thus, hatred and anger are both to be rejected. If God shows us mercy, we ourselves are to show mercy to others, as we are told in the parable of the servant who refused to forgive.

Pray: Pray for the grace of humility so that you can receive God’s mercy, and that you can then share this mercy with others. Remember those who may have hurt you, and who need your forgiveness. Pray for the grace to be reconciled.

Reflect: Why did the servant whose substantial indebtedness was forgiven did not forgive another servant a much smaller debt owed to him? The truth is that, when one receives mercy, one does not always show gratitude and humility. At times, this mercy which is received and is not shown to others, leads to anger, especially when one is an egoist. We are able to receive mercy only when we love and respect the one who has shown us mercy. Then, we are ready to share that mercy with others.

Act: Time is a healer, but on many occasions we lose the opportunity for reconciliation. Approach others with love and compassion from the heart, forgive someone who hurt you.


23rd Sunday of the Year (A)

Ezekiel 33: 7-9; Psalm 94; Rom. 13: 8-10; Mt. 18: 15-20

Read: We are enjoined to love our neighbour. Jesus spoke about the need for us to be involved in promoting the common good. We should help one another to recognise and correct our mistakes. Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone”.

Reflect: We are responsible for one another. Being responsible for others means taking care of them and helping them to improve their situation. One of the ways is which we can do so is through fraternal correction. For this correction to be effective three thigs are required: good intentions (love towards others); the proper time (in a calm atmosphere); and appropriate means (prudence and humility). We ourselves should also be ready to accept correctness from others.

Pray: For the grace to take care of others with a touching heart. Let us pray also for those persons who require conversion within their heart.

Act: Today show concrete proof that you take care of others with a feeling heart. Identify a person who needs correction, and act with respect and love.


22nd Sunday of the Year (A)

Jer. 20: 7-9; Psalm 62; Rom. 12: 1-2; Mt. 16: 21-27

Read: You are called to discern what is God’s will, what is good, what is pleasing to Him, what is the truth. (Rom. 12,1).

Reflect: God’s will means that we seek and do what is good, what is perfect, what is pleasing. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we live our entire life as an offer of homage and praise to God. This is the aim of our life. We achieve this by, before anything else, seeking to do God’s will … that we walk the way of the complete love that Jesus walked before us, that demands from us also deprivation and sacrifices: “If anybody wishes to follow me, he needs to deny himself, carry his cross and walk behind me “ (Mt. 16,24),

Pray: We are aware that whenever we go against the will of God we are sinning. Let us seek to do good so that thereby we will truly praise God.

Act: Think about the difference between discerning truly what is God’s will, and choosing what suits you.


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