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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 2, 2018

Monday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time


Genesis 18:16-33 ;

Psalm 103:1-4, 8-11;

 GospelMT 8:18-22


When Jesus saw a crowd around him,
he gave orders to cross to the other shore.
A scribe approached and said to him,
"Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
Another of his disciples said to him,
"Lord, let me go first and bury my father."
But Jesus answered him, "Follow me,
and let the dead bury their dead."


Discipleship Demands Service

 

Jesus moves from the synagogue to a private house. There we find Peter’s mother in law lying in bed with fever. Jesus goes to the woman with compassion and takes her by the hand. It is an act contrary to practice. It also makes Jesus unclean. But Jesus breaks through social and religious conventions to reach out to the sick. He lifted her up. Immediately the fever left her.

In Jewish society the woman was not given due respect and freedom. Hence Jesus was actually lifting her up to the liberation. Going into a woman’s bedroom and taking her by the hand was forbidden to any man. In addition, to this, Jesus performed this act on the Sabbath. Thus, by touching a non related woman he had performed an offence in the eyes of his opponents. Touching one who is sick and therefore unclean only complicated the issue. Performing this act on the Sabbath compounded the social offense even more. The service of Peter’s mother in law to Jesus was the climax of the issue. The act of serving food could have constituted work on the Sabbath. Later Jewish traditions forbade woman to serve meals to male strangers.

When Jesus cures her illness, she gets up and serves. This shows the sudden and completeness of the cure. The woman’s action also teaches us that Jesus heals us in order that we may serve others. We show attitude by our actions. Mark wanted to make this woman a model of discipleship. This suggests that we too are meant to see Peter’s mother in law as giving the proper response of a disciple to Jesus, serving the Master as she was able.

Hudson Taylor says: “A Christian worker is good: a worker for Christ is better; but Christ in a worker, working out His will through him, is best of all.” When Christ dwells in our hearts we will serve others, fulfilling God’s will. “The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth.” (Wilfred Grenfell)


Fr. Davis Panadan CMI

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