YEAR B: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE FOURTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. MEMORIAL OF ST. BENEDICT
HOMILY THEME: LIVE A BALANCE SPIRITUAL LIFE
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
FEAST OF ST. BENEDICT
The Gospel today is the same as the Gospel yesterday. For the significance of today’s feast, let us focus on St. Benedict. He was regarded as the Father of Western Monasticism. His rule was regarded as very balanced and moderate. It was a good alternative to the existing strict and lax way of life in those days. St. Benedict suggests to his followers a way of life divided to eight hours of prayer, eight hours of sleep, and eight hours of work. Prayer and work, two basic pillars of life and spirituality, rule the Benedictine monk’s life.
St. Benedict’s way of life is a reflection of he need to balance our life. Our bodies need rest like machines or any other mechanism. We need to communicate with God for direction, inspiration, and mission. And we ought to do acts of charity. We are our brother’s keeper. We were made for service. Through works, love, justice, hope, peace, and other virtues are felt, will have meaning, and bear fruit. St. Benedict saw deep into Jesus’ teachings. Jesus also asked His apostles to rest, pray, and do acts of charity. Those were adopted by the Church as the way to celebrate Lent.
Live a balance spiritual life. Make certain you allot a time for prayer, for work, and for rest.