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

2 Sm 1: 1-4. 11-12.

Ps 19. 23-27

Gospel MK 3:20-21


Jesus came with his disciples into the house.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, 
for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 

 

 Making a Difference Invites Ridicule and False Allegations

 

When a former Congress MP and actress from Karnataka, Ms. Ramya made a statement that Pakistan is not a hell  many religious and political extremists accused her as anti-national and one lawyer filed sedition case against her.  She was responding to the statement of Indian Defense Minister, Manohar Parikar, “Pakistan is a hell”. Based on her experience during her visit to Pakistan and how the people of Pakistan received her she had made her statement. In spite of the ridicule and threats from the extremists and fanatics she had the courage to say that she would not retract her statement or ask apology. She was convinced that the ordinary people of Pakistan have no enmity with Indians and they want to live in peace and harmony with the people of India. People to people exchanges are excellent means to ease tension between two countries. Branding a neighbouring country hell is bad diplomacy. For telling the truth sometimes one could be ridiculed and even penalized by people who are prejudiced and blinded by hatred and revenge.


History is a witness to the opposition to the persons who tried to be different and charted a different course of action than what had been practiced by others. Jesus of Nazareth is one among them. One of the reasons for his death on the cross is that his vision and mission were quite different from those of the religious leaders of his time. In fact Jesus was challenging many of the religious practices of his time. In the Gospel passage for today’s reflection we read about people’s perception about Jesus as a mad man. “When his family heard about it, they set out to take charge of him, because people were saying, “He has gone mad”. Some teachers of law accused him that he was driving out the demons with the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons.


God has created every human person unique. We may not be able to find two persons exactly alike in appearance, thinking and behavior among the more than seven billion people on the earth. The creation itself is a witness to the uniqueness of each human being and God has instilled in every human being certain unique capabilities which others do not have. Therefore each human person has a unique role to play in this world. At the same time human beings are tempted to imitate others and lose his/her unique identity. The society also puts a lot pressure on the individuals to follow its dictates and become like others. The societal laws and customs impose uniformity and anyone who refuses to fall in line with the societal norms is not tolerated. Hence to become unique in accordance with one’s God given capabilities needs struggle and facing oppositions. But it is not impossible for a person to be unique and play his unique role in the society.


The first step to be successful in one’ struggle to be unique is clarity of vision. Each person, including a disciple of Christ, has to evolve his personal vision, mission and goals in tune with his/her unique capabilities. Second step is firm determination to realize the vision and mission. The third step is hard work without resorting to any shortcuts. Contemplation on the personal vision and mission daily will give the person the strength to withstand oppositions, ridiculing and humiliations. Life of Jesus is the best example. Even though the Scribes and Pharisees hurled a lot of accusations against him he was not disheartened or disillusioned and was able to give intelligent answers to their detractors.


A disciple of Jesus also may have to face ridicule and humiliation when he/she follows the way of Jesus. Jesus prayed often alone in lonely places or in the mountains. He went to the temple to teach the people because people were available there. An authentic disciple of Jesus has to oppose construction of opulent churches in a country where millions of people do not have a livable house and fifty percent of the households do not have toilets. He/she has to oppose the religious practices and devotions that lead to blind faith and superstitions. What we witness today is that along with unprecedented scientific and economic progress more and more people are drawn to blind faith in all religions. There is tremendous growth in the number of people who resort to superstitious practices because of their greed. Middlemen in the religions promote superstition and blind faith under the guise of spirituality because of their vested interests.  Those who oppose this dangerous tendency may be ridiculed and branded as anti-religious people. But they should not get disheartened. On the other hand they should be able to give intelligent answers to their critics based on the teachings of Jesus.

 

Fr Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI

 


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