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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Sunday of the 31st Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 4, 2018

Sunday of the 31st Week in the Ordinary Time


Deut 6: 2-6

 Heb 7: 23-28

Gospel MK 12:28B-34


One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?"  Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.' And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."  And no one dared to ask him any more questions.


A Short Cut


Going through today’s gospel passage, I felt that the gospel passage was offering a shortcut! A Shortcut to Self actualization and the short cut is somewhat like this:

 Know the Truth! Accept the Truth! Follow the Truth!


To Know the Truth, Search for the Truth. And you will find the Truth in Jesus. If you find Him, accept Him and then follow Him. Then you are safe. The Truth Jesus shared/ revealed was simple: Love your God with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself.


The Scribe who went and met Jesus was at crossroads, confused! He wanted to know God, and get enlightened. But he was entangled in the constraints of the religion! But he started searching. He found the truth in Jesus. He accepted Jesus and started following him.


Why we are hesitant to search, find and follow?


There is a demon that influences us often. We come under his magic spell at times. The demon is an attitude! “I/we-knoweverything” attitude! We operate often with this attitude, we-know-everything attitude! We have to get rid of this demon sitting in our heads. The simple reason is that we cannot be open minded as we come from a structure ‘we-know –everything’, and we may fail to consider even those issues unknown to us!


A story about a learned man who went to a monk to learn more! The monk received him in the monastery and ordered for tea. As the tea came, the monk himself started pouring the tea into the cup for the guest. He filled the cup up to the brim, still continued to pour into the cup. Finally the man broke the silence, “Why Guruji, the cup is full, why you still continue to pour and waste the tea?” Monk Replied, “My son, your mind is too full like the filled cup. Empty your mind, then you will be able to see and learn more.” We all are in need of self- emptying a bit like the learned man who met the Monk or like the scribes who wanted to know the truth, asked Jesus related questions.


Let us have the humility to search for truth, and accept it as we find it!


Have the courage to follow!


Once we find the truth we should have the courage to accept and follow the truth!


Someone told, Christ spent his years answering the question “who is my Neighbour?” by his own deeds. Mother Teresa could also find this great truth or the example Jesus set. She too became a Christ in miniature!


Mother Teresa said you can speak the Gospels in five words: “You did it for me.” (Mt 25:40)


Let us search for the Truth, find Him, God is not a God who just resides in the skies. He comes, He comes, He ever comes! Let us search for Him, Find Him and Follow Him! And always remember God is Emmanuel- God is with Us!


Fr. Seby Pallissery CMI


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