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

July 26, 2018

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time


 Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b,

Gospel MT 13:10-17


The disciples approached Jesus and said, "Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?" He said to them in reply, "Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal them.

"But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."

 

 

Blessed Are Your Eyes

 

The people of Israel were seeing a volcano for the first time. The fierce power of the Mother Nature turned out to be a terrific theophany for them. During their later reflection and reinterpretation the forty years the children of Israel spent roaming around the Arabian Desert was acknowledged as a pilgrimage under the protection and guidance of Yahweh. They firmly believed and were convinced that they survived the hardships of the desert only because of the direct intervention of Yahweh. Indian Sacred Scriptures clearly teaches us: ekam sat vipra behudha vadanti (Reality is one; learned people speak of it differently). What happened to the people of Israel can be interpreted from many points of view. The Biblical or the Jewish view is that it was the mighty hands of Yahweh that led them through the desert to the Promised Land. The conclusions we arrive at and the judgments we make indicate who we are. What we see is what we are. What we say is what we are. It is the color of the glass we wear that gives color to the reality we observe. Butterflies see flowers all around because they feed from them while vultures will be the first to see carcass because they feed on them. If we see God and beauty everywhere, that is an indication of what we feed on and if somebody sees devils and ugliness all around indicates what that person takes pleasure in.


Jesus knew our human weakness. We love stories – a curiosity to know what happened to others. Like a mother Jesus was taking advantage of that human weakness to make people listen to him. Smart mothers make their kids swallow the bitter pills through coating them with sugar. Jesus conveyed his elegant teachings regarding the Kingdom of God enveloped in stories. We know that all seeds are enveloped in hard coatings. Jesus sows his seeds in the hearts of his listeners hoping that one day some of them may sprout. However, there are some extra smart children who throw away the bitter pills after munching the sugar coating. It is in that context Jesus says: “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” Happy are those in whom the divine words take deep roots and bear fruits through their actions of love and compassion.


Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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