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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Sunday of the 6th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 17, 2019

Sunday of the 6th Week in the Ordinary Time


Jer 17: 5-8

1 Cor:  15:12, 16-20

Gospel LK 6:17, 20-26


Jesus came down with the twelve and stood on a stretch of level ground with a great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”


Neither rich nor poor



In fact, in the Kingdom, there is really no place for either rich or poor. To be a rich person means I have more than others, more than I need and some of what I have belongs to those in need. To be poor means I do not have enough to eat or wear; I do not have a place to live and in general my life is lacking in proper human dignity. In the Kingdom, there can be no rich or poor in this sense. Because those who have more will share with those who do not have enough.


From Jesus's point of view, a truly good life is just as available to the poor and oppressed as to the rich and secure. That is because it has nothing to do with one's economic status or one's apparent success, as judged by one's culture. Rather, all that is required to flourish as abundantly as a tree planted beside the stream is to sink one's roots deeply into God. Even in times of drought or poverty, such a tree "shows no distress, but still bears fruit." The one who relies only on the nourishment of worldly wealth and security, on the other hand, is as barren as a tree growing in a lava waste.


It is not just a question of “charity” but one of justice, each one having what is properly due to him. In ‘charity’ I give what I can easily spare; in justice I share what I have. It is not just a matter of pity for the poor but of seeing them as truly brothers and sisters and sharing with them.


One of the main reasons for poverty and hunger are unequal distribution of the resources and reluctance by people those who enough and excess to share with those who do not have. In spite of having one billion hungry people in the world, 130 core tones of food are wasted in a year according to a news item published in Danik Bhaskar on the World Environment Day 2013. In India one fifth of the food cooked for marriages is being wasted. Wasting food when one billion people starve amounts to a criminal act.


Jesus calls the poor and the hungry blessed in today’s Gospel passage not because poverty and hunger are blessings; both of them are evils to be eradicated from the face of the earth. He calls them blessed because his mission is to create a new situation in which there will be no hunger and poverty and this is what we find in the communities of the early Christians as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4: 32-36).


Feeding the hungry and healing the sick were two prominent dimensions of Jesus mission of integral liberation of people. At the same time Jesus wanted a radical change in the attitude of the rich. He warned them of terrible consequences if they are not ready to share their resources with the poor. The disciples of Jesus have to adopt a two pronged approach to deal with hunger and poverty. On the one hand they have to motivate and encourage the rich and the well to do to share their resources with the poor and the needy. On the other hand they have to empower the poor by building their capacities as well as enabling them to access their rights to come out of the situation of poverty.


The bottom line is not poverty or wealth but where we put our security. That is the meaning of the First Reading. Do I put my security in what I have or in an interdependent community where each supports the other and thus all are taken care of? This is the ideal, the vision of the Kingdom, it is the mission of the Church. It is the responsibility of every disciple of Jesus.


If we can implement this, everyone will be able to enjoy the happiness of the Kingdom – not only in some future life but in this world, in this society.


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