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Monday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 18, 2019

Monday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time

 

2 Cor 4: 1-2, 5-7

Ps 16: 1-2,5, 7-8

Mt 9: 35-38


 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvestis plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”



St Kuriakose Elias Chavara

 

 

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara Saint Chavara was born in a small village in the Kerala State of India as the 6th child of pious and devout parents on 10 February 1805. At the end of a very successful and grace-filled holy life of 66 years, he was called to his eternal reward on 3 January 1871 and was declared saint 0n 23 November 2014, by Pope Francis


St Chavara’s motto was to live for the sanctification of others as well as self sanctification. Chavara was deeply drawn by the greatness of God and the ingratitude of man. He meditated always on the love and mercy of God. As a man of prayer he always sought and discerned the Will of God for him in prayer and pursued it uncompromisingly and with utmost perseverance even in times of great temptations opposition. His profound relationship with God enabled him to address God as “My dear Father.” Under his leadership, a good number of apostolic initiatives were undertaken: the establishment of seminaries for formation of the clergy; the introduction of annual retreats for the faithful, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament by introducing forty hours of adoration, a publishing house for Catholic works, schools attached to the Parishes for education, a house to care the destitute and the dying and a Sanskrit school for Dalit Children.


Marian devotion was another aspect of his spiritual nutrition. Mary, the Mother of God was his model and mediator. From the very childhood he was, in a special way, dedicated to the love and protection of the Bl. Virgin Mary. The spreading of scapular and Rosary and the introduction of the special ‘May Month Devotion’ to Mary could be seen as an expression of his attachment to Mother Mary.


St. Chavara’s contribution includes the foundation of two Religious congregations: one for men founded in 1831, now known as Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) and the Congregation of Mount Carmel (CMC).


Being convinced of the importance of Education for the social uplift, St. Chavara, as the Vicar General issued a mandate in 1864 instructing to raise schools attached to every parish church. Thus, the Kerala society and the Indian Society at large should be indebted to St. Chavara for the vast majority of educational institutions.

Saint Chavara dedicated himself for encouraging and counselling Christian families. He fought schisms and tried his best for the unity and harmony within the Church.


Saint Chavara is the first priest who started monastic life in India. He also added, “The strength of the monastery is not in the thickness of its walls, but in the zeal and virtues of the members who live in it”. To people he said, “The day in which you did not do any good to others wiil not be cpunted in your life”


Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara was an embodiment of Christian spirituality and mysticism. St. Chavara wrote many spiritual books. ‘Atmanutapam’ or Compunction of the soul is considered to be his best work. The feeling of unworthiness before God made him a great Carmelite mystic together with Theresa of Avila and Theresa of Child Jesus who always maintained the Carmelite spirit, “I am nothing, God is everything”.


The life and the deeds of Saint Chavara are a great source of inspiration not only to the Christian Community but to humanity as a whole.

  

Gen 4: 1-15, 25

Ps 49: 1, 8, 16-17, 20-21

Gospel MK 8:11-13


The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
“Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
and went off to the other shore.


“No sign shall be given to this generation”.


 “How good are you at reading the sign of the time”?  The Jews of Jesus’ time expected that the coming of the Messiah would be accompanied by extra ordinary signs and wonders.  The Jews were more interested in signs than hearing the Word of God.  They couldn’t accept Jesus as the Messiah seeing the compassionate works He performed.


Simeon had rightly prophesized at Jesus’ birth that he was “destined for the falling and rising of many inIsrael, and to be a ‘sign’ that will be opposed that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed.” (Lk 2:34-35)


Jesus gave them no sign except himself.  The Lord reveals himself in four major waysi. Through the creation/ nature.   ii. In his Word and Eucharist – the disciples at Emmaus recognized his presence in the Eucharist. iii. In the community.  “The word become flesh and dwelt among us”. (Jn 1:14) and iv.  In the everyday events and circumstances of our lives.


Samuel, a ten year old boy was playing football with his friends.  One of the boys was always hitting the ball at Samuel’s stomach which was hurting him. He endured it for some time.  Again when it was repeated, he moved forward to hit him back with his fist.  Then and there he remembered his mother and did not hit.  The other boy was hurting him again.  This time he wants to hit him so badly.  Then he remembered his dad and restrained. To Samuel his mum and dad became God’s sign for not retaliating.  Jesus said, “Do not resist an evil doer” (Mt 5:38).


St. Theresa of Avila’s prayer book was found to certain a book mark inscribed, “Let nothing distract you, let nothing frighten you, all things pass, God never changes.


Bl. Chavara Kuriakose Elias said, Whoever has God lacks nothing.  God alone suffices.


Prayer: Show me your goodness O Lord! That I may praise you always.  And give me unshakable hope in your saving word that nothing may deter me from trusting in you completely.


Fr Shepherd Thelapilly CMI


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