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Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 13, 2018

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 41:13-20 ;

 Psalm 145:1, 9-13;

Gospel MT 11:11-15


Jesus said to the crowds:
"Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 
From the days of John the Baptist until now,
the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence,
and the violent are taking it by force. 
All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. 
And if you are willing to accept it,
he is Elijah, the one who is to come. 
Whoever has ears ought to hear."

 

 The Kingdom

 

Mathew in this passage presents Jesus as the expected Messiah, the one concerning whom ‘all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came. From the legend that Elijah had been taken alive into heaven in a fiery chariot it was thought that God would be sending him back to herald the Messiah. Referring to this, Jesus declares that it is John the Baptist who is the fulfillment of their expectation.


Jesus speaks of the forceful advance of the kingdom, conquering evil in all its forms: physical, psychic, and moral reaching beyond the grave to eternal life. In Jesus’ ministry, God is breaking through beyond all expectations including the imaginations of the people and the teaching of their scribes who appeared to be without authority.


The Kingdom is advancing, and with it the power of God. But it demands a corresponding determination of those who would take hold of the redemption offered to them. We will need all the courage like that of John the Baptist and all the prophets who suffered violence. They violently preached and lived to establish the kingdom daring to expose the truth in relationships and suffered themselves greatly for their honesty and bravery. They point to the wrongs and flawed relationships that we try to cover up to enroll us into the kingdom.  They challenge and disturb our comfortable convenient ways of living and doing things that ignore justice and compassion for the poor.  They call for true peace and reconciliation when we simply want to have tolerance to maintain the status quo.


However, today’s Gospel is emphatic that we can belong to the kingdom only by taking it over with force. It is done through repentance and leaving whatever we must leave to follow Jesus; we have to take up our cross given us and to walk through the way laid down for each and every one of us by God; we must be prepared even to spend our lives at the altars of our life situations and even to lose our lives; and we must endure to the end. But we are not alone in our venture. We can put all trust in our Redeemer who is coming grasping us by the hand, telling us not to fear as described by prophet Isaiah.


Dr. Fr. John Ollukaran CMI


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