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Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter Download This Homily

May 13, 2019

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

 

Acts 11:1-18 ;

Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3-4;

 Gospel JN 10:1-10


Jesus said: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers." Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, "Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate.


Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly."

  

Who am I to Judge?

 

“Who am I to be able to hinder God?” after subjecting himself to several disastrous self-promotions, finally Peter managed to voice this genuinely humble but fiercely bold question – “Who am I to be able to hinder God?” At last, he is now well grounded, well groomed, and fully qualified to head the universal Church of Jesus Christ. In these words of Peter we cannot detect any trace of megalomania, patronization, arrogance, pride, diplomacy or weakness (which unfortunately are the most common traits found among leaders both political and ecclesiastical). We can notice only humility, firmness, determination and an openness to accept the will of God without offering any resistance. We do not detect any ego in his words, neither fear nor clever diplomacy. We know that this high level of maturity was not inborn to Peter. Initially he was very naive in his judgments and impulsive in his responses, Aa genuine good-will is the only outstanding worth we could initially identify in that Galilean Fisherman. Then, what brought about this amazing transformation in Peter? It is nothing other than his utter failures. Success without any failures makes people arrogant and insensitive. That’s why in privileged positions and posts of power we frequently see arrogant and insensitive people. Some may be wearing masks of humility. You try to challenge them, and then you will see their true color; their real, arrogant, ugly face. This is because they have not passed through Jesus the ‘gate’. They never ever were trained under the greatest of all teachers, who is none other than FAILURE.


Our present Pope Francis often sends shock waves, not only to the opponents of the Catholic Church but also to zealous Catholics. The Gay issue has been a matter of ruthless contention in the Western Catholic circles for the last many years. When confronted by journalists Pope Francis made a statement similar to that of his predecessor Peter, “Who am I to judge gay people?” When people heard these words coming from the mouth of a person who is supposed to hold the magic wand of infallibility, everybody was shocked or surprised; to say the least. For a Pope to make such a humble statement needs extraordinary courage and moral fiber. Any hoodwink can boast and make big, big claims. In fact, they always do.


What might have made our Pope to say, “Who am I to judge gay people?” Like Peter, he too has learned some bitter lessons from his failure, the teacher par excellence! In his thirties, when he was chosen as the provincial of Jesuits in Argentina, like Peter, he had his megalomania, and arrogance, which brought about severe conflict and disarray in his community and as a result he was removed from his post and had to spend some years in exile. During that period of austerity a true metamorphosis took place; Jorge Mario Bergoglio  metamorphised into a new charming creature, whom we call today Pope Francis, who surprises the world day after day through his words, particularly through his deeds. To the first Jewish Christians who thought they knew what was right and what was wrong, Peter, after relating his startling vision, asked, “Who am I to be able to hinder God?” In a world where boastful pretenders and shameless hypocrites hold positions of power we need more people who would dare to ask, “Who am I to judge?” Would you dare?


Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel, CMI


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