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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday, 1st week in the Ordinary time Download This Homily

JANUARY 14, 2019

Monday, 1st week in the Ordinary time

 

Hebrews 1:1-6 ;

 Psalm 97:1-2, 6-7, 9;

Gospel MK 1:14-20


After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they left their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

 

Called by Jesus

 

Some of us have watched the famous Hindi movie, Lagaan. The most interesting part of the film is a cricket match between a team of rustic villagers, under the leadership of Bhuvan, the main character of the film and a team of British Officers under the leadership of captain Russell, the representative of British government for that particular area. Captain Russell’s team consists of veteran players who have the training and experience of playing cricket for many years. On the other hand the team of Bhuvan consists of village rustics who have neither heard about nor seen cricket game. Strangely some of the members of the team of Bhuavan suffer from some kind of deformity whom we call physically or mentally handicapped. One is a deaf and dumb, another has a withered hand and third one is mentally abnormal. Finally at the end of the two days intensive game Bhuvan’s rustic team wins the gain, because of their effective and encouraging leadership, intense desire to learn, hard work, team spirit and mutual support. Bhuvan chose the team members, looking at what they had in view of winning the game and not on the basis of what they lacked. Even though a good number of them appeared to be physically unfit, the leader could identify in them an excellent skill or quality which would be of extreme use in winning the game. That was the most important factor in building an effective team.


When I look at the team of Jesus, the disciples, I am reminded of the cricket team of Bhuvan. They were all ordinary persons and some of them like Mathew, the tax collector, were not accepted by the elite in the society. Peter, the leader was of mercurial character. Another one, Judas Iscariot, betrayed Jesus.  But Jesus chose them, seeing in them something excellent that would contribute to his mission.  Each one of us has been called by Jesus to be his disciple because he has seen something excellent in us that would be useful to continue his mission in this world. We have responded to his call and we have to be grateful to Jesus for the call he has given to us. He has called us not because we are useless, but he has seen something unique in us. It is our responsibility to discern what is unique in us, develop it and make the optimum use of it through hard work and creative application. Out faithfulness to the call of Jesus depends to a great extent on the process of discerning, developing and making use of the unique gift that God has given to each one of us for building his kingdom. Let us pray to the Lord for his grace and blessing to be faithful to our call as a disciple of Jesus.


Rev. Fr. Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI


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