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Monday of the Psalter Week 2 Download This Homily

January 07, 2018

 Monday of the Psalter Week 2

 

1 John 3:22 -- 4:6;

 Psalm 2:7-8, 10-12;

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet  might be fulfilled:

Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand."

He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. His fame spread to all of Syria and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them.  And great crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan followed him.


Change Your Ways


It is an Arab proverb and translated into almost every language: “A dog’s tail will never be straight”.   It is meant to tell you how deeply embedded is a nature in you and it is seemingly impossible to change one’s inner nature.  When in today’s Gospel Jesus exhorts us to change our ways we have this apprehension- how is it possible? People can and do change. Three basic biological functions determine your behaviour. You are born with DNA. You learn and develop neural pathways through experience. And your behaviour is later chemically reinforced. Very complicate indeed. Bur what is not complicated is this. You start out life with nearly a clean slate and pretty much anything you do will be reversible. There are certain conditions that would facilitate this reversible change.


You have to feel the need to change.  Zacchaeus had this ‘feeling’ and he changes his ways. (Luke 19:1-10). This change in his ways made him worthy of salvation.


You have to have courage to face your fears. The sinful woman wanted to change her ways. She wanted to show her resolution by washing the feet of Jesus. She had the courage to face her fears. To face the fears of general remarks that will be made by the gossip mongers attending the feast at Pharisees’ house. Her courage makes her move ahead and washes Jesus’ feet. She changes her ways and she owns these marvellous words from Jesus: “Your sins are forgiven.  Your faith has saved you. Go in peace”. (Luke 7:36-48)


You have to make the commitment and fight.  St. Paul can be a role model for people who really wish to change their ways. SO rebellious and biased, a change in Saul would have been impossible for God’s grace and the commitment and fighting spiri of Paul. Once he changes his ways, he wanted to make sure that his commitment is absolute and his fight never ending. In his epistle to Timothy Paul reiterates this fact: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2Tim 4:7)


Fr. Joby Pulickan CMI


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