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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

1 Sm 3: 1-10. 19-20

Ps 40: 2 and 5. 7-8a. 8b-9. 10

Gospel MK 1:29-39


On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, "Everyone is looking for you." He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come."
So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.


What Motivates Us

 

  Today’s Gospel presents Jesus in full-fledged action. He was totally immersed in his public ministry. We see him curing the sick, driving out demons, teaching the people and also spending some private time with his heavenly father. It is quite interesting to explore and discover what drives one’s life and actions. What might have been the motivating factor behind the busy schedule of Jesus? His disciples believed that it was the demand of the people. That is why when they found Jesus wasting golden opportunities, they searched and found him to report that he was much in demand. They demanded him to return to the crowd where he can do a lot of good. It is good for us as well to check what motivates us and what keeps our spirit soaring? Is it demand and recognition of the people or something else? If it is the demand and recognition that float us, when there is no more demand we will sink. Our spirit will stink. That is why we often find our old stalwarts very bitter and grumbling. They keep on complaining about the ingratitude of the young generation and their forgetfulness of the great accomplishments and contributions of their predecessors. Some go for writing books on their life and times and freely distribute it. Some go on laying as many foundation stones as possible.

 

 

If we look for the driving force behind the activities of Jesus we can notice that he was not guided by the principle of supply and demand. He was constantly conscious of the “purpose for which he has come”. He constantly remained in touch with his heavenly father, whose mandate he was trying to execute every moment of his life. Jesus was least worried about other motivating factors like reward - punishment, success - failure, crown - cross, etc. All those were the same to him. Naturally, we may immediately say, “It was easy for Jesus, being God he knew beforehand his mission, unlike us. We poor human beings do not know what we are supposed to do and where we have to go.” But, that is not true. Jesus was never in a better position than any of us. He too had to be constantly in touch with his father, he too had to struggle, until he sweat blood to accept his father’s will over his own. Saying, “Not my will, Thy will be done” is the way forward for Jesus as well as each and every one of us, which is nothing other than fulfilling the purpose of our incarnation. Saying “I do not know what God wants from me” is a deception. It will be obvious to us every moment, if we care to open our eyes and look. Whether we want to know it and whether we are ready to say “fiat” to it is entirely another matter. One Malayalam poet wrote, “Velicham dukhamaanunni thamasallo sughapradam” (My child, light is painful, darkness is comfortable).

 

Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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