Habakkuk 1:12-2:4; Psalm 9; Matthew 17:14-20
In the first reading, the prophet asks: Why should the “Holy One” with eyes too pure behold evil. Why will God allow bad things to happen if he is really God? Why will God allow the savage Babylonians to carry out vengeance on Judah? These kinds of questions as raised by prophet Habakkuk are endless especially when we look at our society today. Why should innocent people be killed?; why does the righteous suffer unspeakable hardship. The answers is that “the righteous live by their faith” (Hab2:4). Many of the Martyrs and saints were innocent men and women who died for their faith. For them faith matters most and the best way to understand this world is to look at it from the eyes of faith. We must learn to live by faith. Faith does not view things from a carnal perspective but from a heavenly dimension and approach. For lack of faith, the disciple could not heal the epileptic boy in the gospel reading. What are the things yet to be accomplished in our lives because we have not expressed adequate and necessary faith? St Dominic Pray for us
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Today we honor Saint Dominic. As the thirteenth century began, great errors were deceiving many of the faithful in the south of France. There were false teachers in the Church, leading many astray. Like all heresies, the Albigensian heresy, weakened the faith of many and led to a weakened Church. Those who succumbed to the errors could no longer properly answer that fundamental question – Who do you say that I am? As a result, they lost sight of who they were – and who they could become by responding to grace and following the Lord in the heart of His Church. Cultures become less human when they cease to be fully Christian. This great saint discerned what was most needed, in the wake of this spread of error – a clear, unafraid, proclamation of the fullness of the Truths taught by the Scriptures and the Church which guarded the deposit of faith.