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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

(Scroll down for the homily on Dedication of the Basilicas of St Peter and Paul)


Wis 18: 14-16; 19:6-9

Ps 104: 2-3, 36-37, 42-43

Lk.18: 1-8


In this gospel passage Jesus teaches us how we should be perseverant in our prayers. Sometimes we lose heart soon and give up on praying thinking it is not the will of God.

 We have a neighbor whose name is Mr. Murat. He was staying with his family with his parents. One day the father scolded  his daughter in law for something. And she took the pesticide kept for the crop and consumed it. She was rushed to the hospital and with great difficulty only she could be saved. She went to her house from the hospital and said she would never come back again to his house. When we heard about it we went to his house and he told everything that had happened. He wanted to bring back his wife but she would not agree. When we talked to his father, he said that he did not say so much that she should end her life for that. They were also scared because she had attempted to drink pesticide two times earlier also. So they said that if she wants to come back fine, but she has to promise that she would not attempt suicide again, causing them to be put behind the bars for instigating her to commit suicide.  In this case we thought we shall try to mediate so that a family could be saved from breaking down. We went to her house and met her and her parents. She said that she is will not come back to his house. When we reminded her of her son and daughter who were reading in our school in third and class one respectively, she agreed to come on one condition that he should build a separate house and she will come and stay with him there.


Meanwhile we started praying for this family every day during the holy mass. Then we met his family and they said that they had no problem if he wanted to build a house and stay separate. So it was decided to build a new house and the family of Mr. Murat could stay together. But the problem was that he did not have money to build a new house. So we suggested that he make a small hut in his field and stay there and start the building the house gradually there. He agreed to this but she said that she will not come to such a hut but she will come only to a proper house. So he had to wait to have enough money to start construction of a house.


 Meanwhile we continued to pray. Many a time we felt that there is no use of praying because she was very adamant on her position. But we kept praying and at last after two years she came to the new house which he had built and now the family stays there. She also went to her in laws and established normal relationship with them. Ultimately the prayer was heard.


This incident taught us that we should not giving up in praying but have faith to keeping praying for. This is what the widow did in the parable. Jesus tells in Mt: 7:7 “ Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” He says – Lk: 11:13- we,  though are bad, give good things to our children when they ask, instead of harmful things, how much more the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him for. And once the Holy Spirit comes he will teach us how to pray and what to pray for.


Fr Paulson Muthipeedika CMI

 

 

Dedication of the Basilicas of St Peter and Paul


Act 28: 11-16, 30-31

Ps 97: 1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6

Mt: 14:22-33


Today the church celebrates the feast of the dedication of the churches of Peter and Paul in Rome. We know these two were the pillars on whom the church was built up. So to commemorate their legacy two magnificent churches were built in Rome – St. Peters Basilica and the Basilica of St. Paul.


Today’s gospel reflects on faith and doubt of St. Peter the chief of the Apostles.  When Peter knew it was the Lord who was coming to them over the troubled waters he wanted to imitate him. He like a naughty child asked the Lord the favour of walking on the water to reach him. And the Lord who wanted to sustain him with many an experience to lead the church, was not reluctant.


He asked him to come out on the water. Peter happily got out of the boat and walked on the water to the Lord till he looked at the huge waves in the sea.  Till he gazed at the Lord he had no problem and walked on the water but the moment he looked at the troubled waters of the sea, he began to sink. When he started to doubt in the power of the Lord he began to sink.


This is exactly what happens in our lives. As long as our eyes are fixed on the Lord we fear nothing and we go forward to reach him. But the moment we start get weighed down by the troubles and tribulations in the life and world, we begin to doubt in the power of the Lord we begin to sink. The Ps: 34: 5 says “ Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”


But Peter had the presence of mind to call out the name of Jesus to save him. And Jesus does exactly that. He stretched out his hand and pulled him up from the water and put him in the boat.  So we can be sure that if we take the name of Jesus, he is sure to pull us up from any deep and troubled waters.



Fr Paulson Muthipeedika CMI


Wis 18: 14-16; 19:6-9

Ps 104: 2-3, 36-37, 42-43

Lk.18: 1-8


In this gospel passage Jesus teaches us how we should be perseverant in our prayers. Sometimes we lose heart soon and give up on praying thinking it is not the will of God.

 We have a neighbor whose name is Mr. Murat. He was staying with his family with his parents. One day the father scolded  his daughter in law for something. And she took the pesticide kept for the crop and consumed it. She was rushed to the hospital and with great difficulty only she could be saved. She went to her house from the hospital and said she would never come back again to his house. When we heard about it we went to his house and he told everything that had happened. He wanted to bring back his wife but she would not agree. When we talked to his father, he said that he did not say so much that she should end her life for that. They were also scared because she had attempted to drink pesticide two times earlier also. So they said that if she wants to come back fine, but she has to promise that she would not attempt suicide again, causing them to be put behind the bars for instigating her to commit suicide.  In this case we thought we shall try to mediate so that a family could be saved from breaking down. We went to her house and met her and her parents. She said that she is will not come back to his house. When we reminded her of her son and daughter who were reading in our school in third and class one respectively, she agreed to come on one condition that he should build a separate house and she will come and stay with him there.


Meanwhile we started praying for this family every day during the holy mass. Then we met his family and they said that they had no problem if he wanted to build a house and stay separate. So it was decided to build a new house and the family of Mr. Murat could stay together. But the problem was that he did not have money to build a new house. So we suggested that he make a small hut in his field and stay there and start the building the house gradually there. He agreed to this but she said that she will not come to such a hut but she will come only to a proper house. So he had to wait to have enough money to start construction of a house.


 Meanwhile we continued to pray. Many a time we felt that there is no use of praying because she was very adamant on her position. But we kept praying and at last after two years she came to the new house which he had built and now the family stays there. She also went to her in laws and established normal relationship with them. Ultimately the prayer was heard.


This incident taught us that we should not giving up in praying but have faith to keeping praying for. This is what the widow did in the parable. Jesus tells in Mt: 7:7 “ Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” He says – Lk: 11:13- we,  though are bad, give good things to our children when they ask, instead of harmful things, how much more the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him for. And once the Holy Spirit comes he will teach us how to pray and what to pray for.


Fr Paulson Muthipeedika CMI


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