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

1 Sm 9: 1-4. 17-19; 10: 1

Ps 21: 2-3. 4-5. 6-7

Gospel MK 2:13-17


Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed Jesus. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax ollectors and sinners?" Jesus heard this and said to them, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."


Living in Bondage

 

 

BBC News India reported an incident of discrimination against Dalits on June 27, 2012. Dr. Sonkar, a teacher in Delhi University, walked into a teashop in Rajastan. As the shop owner handed him his tea, he asked him what caste he belonged to. "I am a Dalit," Dr Sonkar said.  "In that case, wash your glass when you are done," the shop owner said. Dr. Sonkar threw the glass straight into the wall and dozen men stopped drinking their tea. Then he threw money on the counter - enough for the tea he drank and the glass he had smashed - and walked out.

 

 

Discrimination against Dalits is still practiced in different parts of India even after sixty two years of adopting a constitution that assures justice, equality and liberty to all citizens. The Gospel passage of today has a lot of similarity to the incident that took place in Rajastan and taking place in different parts of the country. Jesus and his disciples having a meal at Levi’s house, was questioned by the teachers of law, the Pharisees because Levi was a tax collector by profession. Tax collectors were considered as untouchables at the time of Jesus. But Jesus challenged the practice of discrimination based on profession by choosing Levi as one of his disciples and eating with the tax collectors. He also made a statement in this context, “People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are sick. I have not come to call respectable people, but outcastes.”

 

 

An important dimension of Jesus’ mission is liberation, liberation of people from all kind of bondages. The victims of any kind of discrimination are living in bondage and it violates against the foundational principle of Jesus’ teaching, all human beings are the sons and daughters of one and the same Father, God. The basis of human dignity according to Jesus is the fatherhood of God. Discrimination of any kind is an affront to human dignity and a violation of human rights. The followers of Jesus are expected not to practice any kind of discrimination, but also to oppose it wherever it is found. Do we have the courage of Jesus to challenge the practice of discriminations based on caste, gender or profession? Anyone who practices discrimination or compromise with it has no right to participate in the Eucharist, a symbol of equality and fellowship.    

 

Rev. Fr. Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI


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