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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 4th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

February 4, 2019

Monday of the 4th Week in the Ordinary Time


HEB 11:32-40

PS 31:20, 21, 22, 23, 24


Gospel MK 5:1-20


Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea,to the territory of the Gerasenes. When he got out of the boat,at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him.The man had been dwelling among the tombs,and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain.In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains,but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed,and no one was strong enough to subdue him.Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsideshe was always crying out and bruising himself with stones.Catching sight of Jesus from a distance,he ran up and prostrated himself before him,crying out in a loud voice,"What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?I adjure you by God, do not torment me!"(He had been saying to him, "Unclean spirit, come out of the man!")He asked him, "What is your name?" He  replied, "Legion is my name.  There are many of us."And he pleaded earnestly with himnot to drive them away from that territory. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside.And they pleaded with him,"Send us into the swine.  Let us enter them."And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine.The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea,where they were drowned.The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the townand throughout the countryside.And people came out to see what had happened.As they approached Jesus,they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion,sitting there clothed and in his right mind.And they were seized with fear.Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happenedto the possessed man and to the swine.Then they began to beg him to leave their district.As he was getting into the boat,the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him.But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead,"Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you."Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapoliswhat Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.


Feast of John de Britto


INCARNATION FOR MISSION


In India, John de Britto is the third great missionary saint, after St. Thomas and St. Francis Xavier. For the success of the mission he incarnated to the situation just as Jesus incarnated among us to fulfil his mission. Jesus became one with us in everything except sin. The rich and poor, the learned and illiterate all alike could easily identify themselves with Jesus. Even the Greek could see someone like them in Jesus and they came in search of him. As an elite community, the Greeks appreciated only people with wisdom. They were also outside the community of chosen ones. That means Jesus incarnated not only in the situation of the chosen ones but also in the lives of the gentiles.


John de Britto with his short span of 14 years in India tried to incarnate into all the spheres of the lives of the people of those times. John de Britto was the scion of a powerful aristocratic Portuguese family but preferred to be a missionary that too to India. Shedding away the superiority of a foreign missionary, he learned the native languages, adapted a new name ‘Arul Anandar.’ Britto went around dressed in simple yellow cotton cloth and was a vegetarian. Sacrificing his personal comfort, he went around among the poor helping them. This ‘incarnate-ory’ way of missionary work of Britto gained so many souls for Jesus including few rulers. It also gained for him the wrath of other rulers of the country that ended up in his martyrdom.


We can be effective missionaries only if we can incarnate in to the life situations of the peoples around us. Merely having institutions in the length and breadth of India and working in them as ‘officers’ won’t evangelise India. It needs ‘incarnation’ by holding the Christ-ic values of love, service and compassion.


Fr. Johnson Bezalel CMI


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