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

(When the Baptism of the Lord occurs on Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (e.g. this year), the readings assigned to Monday may be joined to those of Tuesday so that the opening of each book will be read. Monday's readings)

 1 Sm 1: 1-8/ Ps 116: 12-13. 14-17. 18-19/ Mk 1: 14-20. Tuesday's readings: 1 Sm 1: 9-20/ 1 Sm 2: 1. 4-5. 6-7. 8abcd/

 

Gospel MK 1:21-28


Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!" The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

 

Leaving the Nets and Boats

(Mk 1: 14-20)

 

The good news that Jesus wanted to announce can be summarized into two mahavakyas(Great Verses): The Kingdom of God is open. Entry is your choice. In Luke 17:21and the following Jesus clarifies this further saying that the Kingdom of God is not a spacio-temporal reality but a matter of personal choice. However, even after 2000 years of philosophizing and theologizing still some of his disciples are struggling to swallow and stomach this amazing revelation of Jesus. They prefer to imagine a dazzling heaven up there in the sky and a flaming hell down below. This is quite understandable, because we are spacio-temporal entities and it is almost impossible for us to imagine something that is not spacio-temporal. When Moses tried to convince his followers to worship and pursue a God who could not be translated into the spacio-temporal language of idols, the people of Israel rebelled and created a golden calf for themselves, which they could see, touch and carry around. There is not even a single religion or ideology that is devoid of idols. If some claim to be so, put on display their dearth of intellectual caliber and comprehension.

 

 

Incarnation can be viewed as God’s compassionate response to the human yearning for tangibility. Ever since the incarnation of Jesus, Christianity enjoys numerous powerful symbols to represent God. However, this divine descent to the human domain was an invitation to and an initiation for us humans to ascent to the divine milieu. In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus calling Simon and his brother Andrew, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Those poor, illiterate fishermen of the past managed to follow Jesus abandoning their nets and boats. Unfortunately, some of his rich, wise, disciples of the present age are now wondering whether they should leave behind their philosophical nets and theological boats to follow Jesus. Yes, following Jesus is a life threatening challenge, especially to the Scribes and Pharisees of the modern age. Will they follow? Will they leave behind their nets and boats? Will they ever be fishers of men?!!! It is up to us to answer these questions.

 

Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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