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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 22, 2018

Thursday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Sirach 50:22-24

Psalm 138:1-5

 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Gospel LK 17:11-19


As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!" And when he saw them, he said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." As they were going they were cleansed.  And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.  He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?  Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"  Then he said to him, "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

 

The "Impending" Tragedy

 

The caricature of an ostrich securing its life by hiding its head in the sand at the sight of impending danger is something that arouses giggles in us. The poor creature thinks that it has insured its safety. We know that it has sealed its unfortunate fate.


If we can laugh at ourselves, we can see ourselves in a funny but telling caricature that emerges out of Jesus’ words. What is said of the Temple and the city of Jerusalem is true of ourselves as well. Jesus wants to tell us that we are like a city lost in its present. We are so much immersed in the present cares and comforts that we have absolutely no stake in the future. The priorities that we have set for ourselves today are not in harmony with the promises that the Lord has in mind for us in the days to come. If we will look a little beyond and glance into the future, we will be forced to plan our days and priorities in a way different from the way we do at present.


To see only the present is to create a universe with ourselves in the centre. We are in control of everything; we can dictate terms to everything. Future is something that is not in our grip. Future is mystery; future is always uncertain future. Naturally our grip on our universe gets loosened. Does future frighten us? Or does it make us anxious? If yes, we are yet to discover faith. Only a faith in the providential care of the Lord and a trust in him who knows everything including the future can help us face our future without anxiety.


Rev. Dr. George Kulangara CMI


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