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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 31st Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Rom 14:7-12,

Lk 15: 1-10


Each Human being is Valuable in the Eyes of God


The Jewish society at the time of Jesus was more or less like the caste ridden Indian society where persons affected by contagious diseases like leprosy and persons engaged in certain professions like tax collection were treated as outcastes. They were even branded as sinners because it was believed that they were suffering due to the sins committed by their forefathers. Any association with such outcastes was considered something defiling for a Jew.


Jesus had a vision of a society in which there is no discrimination, a society in which all persons have equal rights and opportunities and hence equal dignity. He described such a situation as the Kingdom of God or reign of God. In order to realize his vision he invited people to undergo a transformation in their attitudes and values, seeing God as a loving father and all human beings as brothers and sisters. He not only taught people to change their attitudes, but also took certain actions to challenge the discriminatory and exclusionary practices in the society. One of these actions was mingling with the outcastes and eating with them and thereby communicating a strong message that all are equal before God. Naturally the custodians of the orthodoxy, the scribes and Pharisees, objected to Jesus’ challenging actions. The he used a parable to make them understand the rationale of his action of interacting and eating with the outcastes.


The significance of the Parable of the Lost Sheep is that each human person is unique and hence precious in the eyes of God. There are more than 7 billion people in the world, but no one is exactly the replica of the other. It clearly shows that in the plan of God each human person is irreplaceable and unrepeatable. Hence each one has to make a contribution to this world.


If each person is unique and valuable in the eyes of God we have to respect and honour each person irrespective of his or her status in the society. Any discrimination based on caste, religion, language, region or profession is totally unacceptable in the scheme of Jesus. Hence the question I have to ask myself is “Do I honour every human person?” If I ridicule a person because of his/her colour or profession I am not a true disciple of Christ.  If I am arrogant to a person who is working under me and scold him publically I am not a true disciple of Christ.


It is noticed that in many religious communities the members are very particular that the domestic staff take part in the Holy Mass, especially on Sundays. Eucharist is a symbol of equality and sharing because all partake from the same bread. But the person who cooks the food, the person who drives the vehicle safely and the person who tends the garden are not often invited to eat with the community members. This kind of exclusionary behaviour is not expected from the Disciples of Christ. Why not we adopt a inclusive approach.


Fr. Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI

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