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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 5th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 12, 2019

Tuesday of the 5th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Genesis 1:20 -- 2:4;

 Psalm 8:4-9;

Gospel MK 7:1-13


When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalemgathered around Jesus,they observed that some of his disciples ate their mealswith unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.(For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,do not eat without carefully washing their hands,keeping the tradition of the elders.And on coming from the marketplacethey do not eat without purifying themselves.And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds.)So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,"Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the eldersbut instead eat a meal with unclean hands?" 

 

He responded,"Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites,as it is written:


This people honors me with their lips,but their hearts are far from me;in vain do they worship me,teaching as doctrines human precepts.


You disregard God's commandment but cling to human tradition."He went on to say,"How well you have set aside the commandment of Godin order to uphold your tradition!For Moses said,Honor your father and your mother,and Whoever curses father or mother shall die.Yet you say,'If someone says to father or mother,"Any support you might have had from me is qorban"'(meaning, dedicated to God),you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother.You nullify the word of Godin favor of your tradition that you have handed on.And you do many such things."


4th Commandment Redefined

 

On the Day of Judgement God will ask you only one question;


“How many trees that you have planted?”

During his public ministry Jesus had tried to re-define the Ten Commandments that were given to Moses 1500 years before. Redefining the commandment ‘Do not commit adultery’, Jesus asked people not to look men or women with lust. Again redefining the commandment ‘Do not kill’, Jesus commanded people even not to call others as fools. In today’s Gospel passage, the fourth commandment of ‘honouring one’s parents’ is re-defined. The responsibility towards parents should not be limited to certain financial help to them alone, but it asks us to lend extra care for them. This fourth commandment gets redefined when we read the first reading connecting with it. The first reading from the Book of Genesis draws our attention to the care of the ‘nature’ around us.


The nature around us stands in the place of our parents. The nature has given everything that we needed for our growth. We have received all the vital elements needed for our body from the nature around us. That is the reason in India, the land and rivers are addressed as our mother – Narmada mayya (Mother Narmada). The need to take care of the nature is stressed by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis very often. They exhorts people to return to the ‘alliance between humans and the nature’. The Eucharist we have on everyday is yet another invitation for the same. That is the reason why Jesus consciously included the bread and wine, the products of the nature in it.


The rich creation tradition of the Book of Genesis along with the Jesus’ teaching to take care of the parents calls us to dedicate ourselves to this mission of ‘caring for the nature.’ Always remember; Nature, as a parent saves us, we must save the nature.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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