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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 26 th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 4, 2018

Thursday of the 26 th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Nehemiah 8:1-12 ;

 Psalm 19:8-11;

Gospel LK 10:1-12


Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.' Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, 'The dust of your town that clings to our feet,
even that we shake off against you.' Yet know this: the Kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, 
it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town."

 

Kingdom: A Mood Changer

 

When the exams come near, the mood of the life of the students changes. They are no more in a mood to go out for a movie, or watch T.V, or spend more time for cricket and so on.


Jesus is giving a mood-changer to us. It is the thought of approaching Kingdom of God. This thought of the nearness of the Kingdom of God can alter the mood with which we live our daily life.


The Israelites had been taken in captivity to Babylon. Later a group of them were allowed to return under the leadership of Ezra-Nehemiah to re-build the Jerusalem temple and city walls. It gave them the hope that they will get freedom in near future and the rule of their King Yahweh would be established. It made them happy (Neh 8:12).  And in the Gospel we see how Jesus chose seventy two and send them to preach. He cautioned them that there may be people who welcome them and those who do not welcome them. But to both of them what they must preach is that the Kingdom of God is near (Lk 10:9, 11).


The thought of approaching Kingdom can have three fold effects in our lives;


At first, it will change our mood in relating with God, because his Kingdom is going to be established. Secondly, it will change our mood in relating with our brothers and sisters. Since we are ruled by God who is love and merciful, love becomes the rule of the day. Thirdly, it will help us to relate with the nature around us. Instead of exploiting the nature, we will preserve the nature as it is the abode of God, our King.

Thought of approaching Kingdom will change the mood of our daily life.

 

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

 

Once Francis of Assisi went to a town with Br.Leo for preaching. Leo had carried Bible and other necessary things for preaching. Even though Francis saw many crowds on the way he didn’t preach even once. On their way back, the angry Leo asked the Saint why he didn’t preach even for once. The Saint answered, “Our very life was our preaching.”


Francis could say so because he had carried the marks of Christ in his body. Therefore the world today calls him altur Christus, the second Christ. Through his Letter to Galatians, St. Paul exhorts people to be a new creation by carrying the marks of Christ as he does. What are the marks of Christ? They are the Paschal mysteries of our Lord Jesus Christ, namely the suffering, death and resurrection.


Throughout his earthly ministry Jesus joined with people in their sufferings. The first miracle by Jesus happened because Jesus preferred to join in the suffering of the family where the marriage was happening. The death of Jesus was the death of his very self. He gave himself completely to the cause of the other. Only in the death of the self, we will be able to ‘pass over’ from selfishness to selflessness. Finally there is the resurrection of Jesus that brought hope and joy to them who are sad, desperate, and dejected. The great gift of resurrected Jesus was the assurance of peace to the world.


St. Francis lived these paschal mysteries in his very life. He could be one of the few saints who has got acceptance beyond the boundaries of any particular religion, caste, class and land. The famous ‘Peace Prayer’ is acclaimed as a uniting prayer for the world. St. Francis is much more than these. It is all because he carried the marks of Christ.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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