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

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

 

1 Sm 17: 32-33. 37. 40-51

Ps 144: 1b. 2. 9-10

 

Gospel MK 3:1-6


Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up here before us." Then he said to the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?" But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

 

Memorial of St Anthony, Abbot

 

 

The people of Israel approached Samuel demanding him to appoint a king to rule over them. Samuel was saddened and tried his best to convince the people of the dangers of having a king. He enumerated in detail the possible demands a king would make and tried in vain to make them understand that monarchy is a foolish option that would make them lose more than what they gain. But people were adamant, they would not listen. In fact, it took many millenniums for humanity to realize that monarchy is not the best system of governance. Now, apart from certain pockets, monarchy has disappeared from the face of earth. In the course of time feudalism and communism were also tried and were found equally oppressive and failures. Now is the time of democracy, where the elected representatives govern the people for a limited time as per the mandate of people. Is democracy the best system? In democratic system we find a lot of inefficiency, corruption, nepotism and a tendency of majority to oppress minority.

 

 

Then what might be God’s own system of governance? Before we begin to reflect on it let us consider why God permits us to continue our trial and error process? We can find the answer to this question very clearly spelled out in God’s instruction to Samuel, “Grant the people’s every request. It is not you they reject, they are rejecting me.” Here we see unambiguously the nature and blueprint of the divine pedagogy. He is a loving, compassionate father, who respects the freedom of his children. If the prodigal son decides to leave his home, he is not prohibited. When he returns home he is accepted without conditions. There is room for each one of us in our father’s house, but if somebody prefers to hit road with what he has gathered as his patrimony, has to face the consequence. We make our heaven and hell. The very same story is being repeated in Adam, Israel and each and each one of us. Our Father’s house is open. To exit or to enter are our choice. From the numerous biblical passages it is quite evident that God’s own system of governance is family, a cosmic family gathered around a cosmic father inspired by the cosmic Christ and animated by the cosmic Spirit.

 

Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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