In today’s readings, we are presented with a profound message from theFr. Dominic Toan Tran, Pastor
Lord, as spoken through the prophet Ezekiel. The people of Israel expressed
their discontent, saying, “The Lord’s way is not fair!” Each one of us may have
also said the same words. However, we need to remember that the Lord always
has, and always will challenge his people by asking us to consider if it is truly
His way that is unfair or if it is our way that is unfair.
We are confronted with an essential truth about the justice and
righteousness of God. The Lord is the core of fairness and rewards each person
according to their deeds. When virtuous people turn away from their path and
commit iniquity, they suffer the consequences of their actions, which may
ultimately lead to death. It is through their iniquity that they must face this fate.
In the second reading, St. Paul tells us of “Christ Jesus, who, though he was
in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human
likeness.” This self-emptying and humility demonstrates Christ’s obedience to the
Father’s will and His love for humanity. It is through His sacrificial life and death
that we find redemption and salvation.
Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, a saint
who found the “little way” to heaven. She tells us that holiness is attainable for
all, not only through grand gestures or extraordinary acts but through the
simplicity of love and kindness in our everyday lives. St. Theresa reminds us that
each small act of love, done with a sincere heart pleases God.
This week let us examine our ways and consider whether we have strayed
from the path of righteousness. Let us not be quick to question the fairness of the
Lord’s ways but rather examine our actions and attitudes. May we turn away
from selfish ways, and embrace love and kindness. Let us be inspired by St.
Theresa of the Child Jesus, who found holiness in her simplicity and her
unwavering trust in God’s love.
Also, October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary – a powerful prayer that
invites us to contemplate God’s Love through the intercession of our Blessed
Mother Mary. While praying the Rosary, we meditate on the life of Christ and
accompany Mary as she reflects on the mysteries of our salvation. Dear brothers
and sisters, let us join together in asking our Blessed Mother Mary for her
prayers and intercession as we participate in St. John’s rosary chain. May she
guide us to walk in God’s ways, not our own, and may she help us cultivate a
heart of love and kindness towards one another on our faith journey.