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

July 23, 2018

Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time


 Ex 14:5-18,

Gospel MT 12:38-42


Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”

 

Inability to Trust

 

Both Moses and Jesus had to a similar problem to deal with – the lack of trust from the part of the people they were trying to assist. Those people kept on annoying, challenging and discouraging them through their constant non-confidence motion. Moses, as a young man, felt pity on their pathetic situation and made a futile attempt to help them and as a result got his fingers burned. He had to flee from Egypt on account of that misadventure. It was after long years of Diaspora, mandated by Yahweh, he returned to Egypt to liberate his people from the Egyptian slavery. However, the response of the people was still not very different or supportive. As the saying goes, many of them thought that the “known devil is better than the unknown.” People are often suspicious of change and naturally resist it. They are accustomed to the known and have managed to survive in spite of the hardships. The unknown is a threat to those who lack trust. The lack of trust of the Israelites infuriated even Yahweh to such an extent that at times Moses had to intervene to cool him down.


In today’s Gospel we come across a similar situation. The Jews insisted Jesus to prove his authenticity and authority through miracles. Jesus knew very well the ineffectiveness of miracles to convince the suspicious. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man requested Father Abraham to send Lazarus to his five brothers insisting that such a supernatural occurrence will convert them from their evil ways. But Abraham replied that if they do not trust the words of Moses and the prophets, a dead man’s visit too will fall into deaf ears. Jesus indicates certain examples, all of them non-Jews, for them to emulate. It was the trust of the people of Nineveh in the prediction of Jonah that saved them from disaster. It was the trust of the Ethiopian Queen Sheba that brought her to Jerusalem to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. Inability to trust is the greatest misfortune that can ever happen in a person’s life.


Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

 


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