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

July 25, 2018

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time


 2Cor 4:7-15,

Gospel MT 20:20-28


The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, "What do you wish?" She answered him, "Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom." Jesus said in reply, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?" They said to him, "We can." He replied, "My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father." When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

 

Feast of Saint James, Apostle

 

Today we celebrate the feast of St. James, the Apostle. He was a prominent figure in the early Church due to his family relationship with Jesus. We do not know their exact relationship yet James and John are often mentioned as the brothers of Jesus. St Paul seems to be a bit critical about James on account of his affinity to and vigorous defense of the Jewish customs and culture. However, he was the first one to bear witness to Jesus through martyrdom. Today’s Gospel recounts how he and his brother John tried to manipulate Jesus using their mother and their family connection. James had his affinities and ambitions, limits and limitations, weaknesses and obsessions. We all have them – our own personal affinities and ambitions, limits and limitations, weaknesses and obsessions. There is no need of being ashamed of them or pretending that we do not have any. There is a human tendency to hide the weaknesses and failures of those whom we love, care and respect. By doing so we are doing great harm to those people. We make them super humans and inimitable. We distance them from reality so much so that they are placed on pedestals unreachable and inconceivable.


This tendency and attitude is opposite God’s way. Incarnation was God’s attempt to embrace human limits and limitations. He never felt ashamed of embracing human limitations. However, we human being hide our limits and limitations, our weaknesses and fallacies and pretend to be Godlike. All the saints of the Catholic Church are victims of this dehumanization process. It is not the saints of the Catholic Church alone who suffer from dehumanization. Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and almost every great men and women humanity has ever produced are victims of this divinization process. Gandhi had his crazy ideas and weaknesses, Nelson Mandela had his flaws and limitations. Their followers get furious and violent when somebody mentions the shortcomings of their idols. There is a grave need of demystifying our idols and icons. If God is not ashamed of being human, why are we so ashamed of being human? St James had an ambition to sit at the right hand of Jesus in his power. That does not make him a lesser human being. In spite of all his weaknesses finally he managed to sacrifice his life to bear witness to Jesus. Let us try to be humble enough to accept our human vulnerability and strong enough to follow our vocation with courage and conviction.


Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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