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

October 6, 2018

Saturday of the 26th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Mal 3:13-20a,

Gospel LK 10:17-24


The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."

Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

 

Rejoice

 

Today’s gospel although very short, falls into three major divisions. First in verses 17-20, Jesus urges the disciples to find their joy in their salvation, not in their authority over the demons.  Secondly in verses 21-22, Jesus expresses His own deep joy, based upon the sovereignty of God in the salvation of men, and in the part He was to play in this salvation.  And thirdly in verses 23-24, Jesus turns the disciples’ attention to the saints of old, who yearned to see God’s salvation, but who were not privileged to see what the disciples’ eyes were seeing.


I would like to reflect on the first theme of Joy.   There is a great emphasis on joy in the Bible. We the Christians often tend to be masochistic, speaking often of the price/cost of discipleship, and little of the joy of it. While Jesus spoke often of the cost of discipleship, this text is intended to underscore one of the great benefits of discipleship:  joy. The theme of joy is not a new one. However we have to note that according to the Bible Joy is always the outcome of true salvation.


Note some of these biblical examples of joy.


Abraham’s Joy was in the coming of Jesus, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad” (Jn 8/56). Psalmist says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:12)”.  The Ethiopian Eunuch experienced Joy in his salvation. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:39).  The Philippian Jailor with his family rejoices in the salvation. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and the whole family was filled with joy, because they had come to believe in God (Acts 16:34).


There are still more examples of joy one experiences in the salvation.  All the heaven rejoices in the repentance of one sinner. John the Baptism rejoices in the growth of Jesus.  Jesus wants to have his joy in his disciples.  “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you” (jn15/11)


There are many other passages in Scriptures which tells that joy is one of the principle motivations, not only for the Christian, but even for God Himself. God saved men for His own pleasure. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). The saints are sustained in their present affliction, knowing the joy that lies ahead, not to mention the joy of knowing and serving God, and even of suffering for His name’s sake. The book of Philippians was written during one of the worst periods of the apostle Paul’s life and yet the keynote which prevails throughout the book is joy.

So, maybe I should conclude that our problem is not that we seek happiness or pleasure in life, it is in seeking pleasure in anything but god himself.  The pursuit of joy in God and God alone could virtually revolutionize our lives. Think of some of the implications of this; (a) If we were to enjoy God more, our worship would overflow and we will be happy to be in the presence of the Lord. (b) If our joy were in the Lord, we would talk about Him often with joy. (c) If joy is something which the Christian should seek, then why is it that so few are characterized by joy?


 (1) It may be that we lack joy because we have not experienced God. Do you find God a delight? Do you desire to pray, to worship, to study His word?

(2) Lack of joy in our life may be the result of a wrong focus. May be our focal point is not God:  where our treasure is, our pleasure is.


Fr. Cyril Kuttiyanickal CMI


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