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Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle Download This Homily

May 14, 2019

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

 

Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 ;

 Psalm 113:1-8;

Gospel JN 15:9-17


Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.


If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.

"I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you:  love one another."

 

 

“Saviour-Syndrome”

 

There are some people - usually they are busybodies and hard-workers - who suffer from a disease called “saviour-syndrome”. These are pious, well-intentioned people who sincerely believe, “after me deluge”! Therefore, out of love and compassion towards others they run around saving as many as they can, emulating a legendary monkey that jumped into the river, caught some fish and carried them up to the branches of the tree to save them from drowning. Though it is a story, we often see many people with that ‘savior’ attitude. We do not know whether Judas Iscariot was one among those self-canonized saints. The gospels do not shed light on such details except that Judas was a traitor who betrayed his master for 30 silver coins. Until Judas took his life on a piece of rope he was geared up to something, we do not know what. When all his dreams were shattered he committed suicide. Nowadays, owing to the influence of psychology, there is an increasing sympathy towards those who commit suicide. At present people sympathize with the dead and demand punishment for those who led the person to suicide. We should not equate martyrdom with suicide. Love leads to martyrdom, fear and hopelessness lead to suicide.


Today’s first reading is a warning to those megalomaniacs among us who believe, “after me deluge”. It is true that Jesus handpicked Judas to be his apostle for the spread of his Gospel. Just like other disciples, Judas too failed him. Others turned back but Judas refused to return and to repent. His self-centeredness, blindness and pride prevented him from turning back to light and life. He committed suicide. Should we blame Jesus for that? The failure of Judas was his failure, nobody else’s. He did not fail anybody else either. God did not fail. God’s plan did not fail. Jesus did not fail. The other apostles did not fail. In due course somebody else, Matthias replaced Judas and the mission continues even to this day without Judas. All are important, but nobody is too important…


Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel, CMI


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