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Homilies :: Latin Rite
THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Download This Homily

Jon 3: 1-5. 10

Ps 25: 4-5. 6-7. 8-9 (4a)

1 Cor 7: 29-31

Gospel MK 1:14-20


After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."


As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.



 

MAKE KINGDOM OF GOD A REALITY HERE AND NOW THROUGH INCLUSIVENESS

 

 

Anyone who visits Anandvan Warora in Maharashtra will be amazed by the dignity and honour with which the lepers are treated and served. Not only lepers, but also all those who are rejected by the society like the blind, the deaf and the dump and the physically disabled, all live here with dignity. Everyone is trained in some suitable skills and earn at least part of his/her livelihood. They belong to different castes, religions, languages and regions. Those who take care of them also are part of the large family. There is no discrimination based on caste, religion or language. There is no temple, no church, no mosque and no prayers, but there is spirituality, a spirituality based on seeing the Divine in every human person and worshiping that Divine. It is a community rooted in compassion. The spirit animating work is an uncontrollable outpouring of love for all, without discrimination.  One who lives there for a few days can, indeed, experience the kingdom of God.

 

This Kingdom of God situation can be created anywhere the human beings live, provided they are ready to turn away from their sins of exclusiveness and the tendency to discriminate human beings based on their ‘having’. When human persons are ready to go beyond the ‘having’ and focus on the ‘being’, Kingdom of God will emerge. Jesus envisaged a society in which there is no discrimination and all human beings are accepted and respected as the sons and daughters of God with equal dignity, rights and opportunities. His whole mission was to prepare people for building up such communities. That is why he started his public ministry with a clarion call “The kingdom of God is near: Turn away from your sins and believe in the God News.” The Good News is nothing but the new situation which is going to take place if people follow his way of life.

 

Two great obstacles to the realization of the kingdom of God situation are discrimination and exclusion. At the time of Jesus the Jewish society was highly hierarchical many people like tax collectors, persons with disabilities and contagious diseases were discriminated and excluded from the community. Hence Jesus wanted a radical change in the mindset of the people. What Jesus wanted was not a temporary change, but a radical and total change like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.

 

Jesus called the disciples to continue his mission of motivating people to undergo radical change in view of creating communities with Kingdom of God situation. Each follower of Christ, especially the priests and religious, is called for this mission of liberating people from exclusiveness and narrow mindedness so that they experience the kingdom values. First of all the disciples themselves have to undergo radical change of becoming inclusive, compassionate and generous to respect the human dignity of all.  They may ask themselves the following questions.

 

 

•        Do I respect all those who work with me?

•        Do I include all the workers in the table fellowship? 

•        Do the staff members who work with me feel that they are members of the larger family?

•        Do I make them participate in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of activities or do I treat them only as workers?

 

Jacob Peenikaparambil CMI 


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