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Ordinary Time, 26th Week, Saturday

The Gospel

The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” 18Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. 19Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.

21At that very moment he rejoiced in the holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. 22All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

23Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24For I say to you , many prophets and kings desire to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

Reflection

Our separated brethren often criticise other Christians for venerating the Saints; quoting the Bible that such is a form of idolatry. But no matter how hard we explain to them that it is not idolatry, they would not accept it.

Why not express such devotion? Quoting the same Holy Bible, Jesus himself said to his disciples, “…rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)

Friend, is your name written in heaven? Did Jesus tell you that your name is written in heaven? Between your words whose name is not written in heaven and the words of the saints whose names are written in heaven, whom do you think would I rather listen to?