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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

JUNE 25, 2019


Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Genesis 13:2, 5-18

Psalm 15:2-5

Matthew 7:6, 12-14

 

 

Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."


 Choices


The challenge of Christ’s teaching is that he always confronts us to make a choice. In this Gospel passage from the Sermon on the Mount, we are asked to make one of the two choices before us: (i) holy and unholy things (ii) golden rule of life and self centric principles (iii) narrow and wide roads.


These holy things mentioned by Jesus are not just the Jewish concept of holy things such as the altar, utensils and offerings used for worship. The leftover of the offering was to be completely burned on the altar with fire since such holy things are not to be treated in a common way.   In this sense "what is holy", and “throw it to the dogs” would mean a sinful lack of discernment - a failure to discriminate between what is holy and what is common. Of course, the Gospel is to be proclaimed with all the patience, fidelity and love of Jesus, but if people are determined to hold it up to ridicule, disciples are to ‘shake the dust from their feet’ and go elsewhere to continue their preaching.


Another metaphor our Lord uses is that of swine. Pigs were forbidden to the Jewish people as very unclean, and could not be eaten as food. To eat "swine's flesh" was, in scripture, considered an act of great idolatry. It's interesting that Jesus allowed the unclean spirits to enter a heard of pigs. The prodigal son of Jesus' parable had hit the absolute rock bottom and was reduced to feeding pigs. A characteristic of pigs is that they are as undiscriminating as a creature can be. People used to set aside the most spoiled and rotten food off for the pigs. Pigs will eat anything - good or bad. This gives us a picture of someone who doesn't have the spiritual ability to recognize the value of something that is given to them, and can't discriminate between what is good and what is evil.


 ‘Torah’ refers to the first five books which contain the central revelation of the Old Testament.  It describes ‘the way’ in which God has chosen to reveal himself in the formation of the people of Israel as well as the way in which the people are to respond. The word ‘prophets’ refers to the prophetic books which reveal the action of God in the history of Israel. The expression the law and the prophets summarises the essential revelation and spirituality of the Old Testament.  Jesus presents the Golden Rule of life which is ‘to treat others as you would like them to treat you,’ that is, ‘what you would wish if you were in their situation’.This is an attitude that reflects holiness and the condition in which we are called to approach our faith and worship. When Rabbi Hillel, the leading Rabbi in Jerusalem during Jesus’ childhood, was asked to sum up the law, he replied: ‘What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor; that is the whole Law, while the rest is commentary; go and learn it’. But a disciple of Jesus has to relive the life of Jesus who himself had shown the way of compassion and self sacrifice even to sparing his life for others. What Jesus revealed was both the way that God deals with us and the way we are to respond.


Finally, Jesus uses the symbols of ‘wide and narrow’ roads in the context of looking forward to eternal life. The Latin ‘decider’, from which the word ‘decide’ derives, means ‘to cut away’. It means to cut away all possibilities that are incompatible with the decision we are taking. The greatest dignity of the human being is to be able to make decisions freely, and it often demands great courage since we may have to say ‘no’ to some people or to be peculiar and different, or to lose out opportunities. When we choose the narrow road we may also have difficulty of all sorts and may have to leave behind things that we like and want. That is the reason why some of us never know the experience of the beatitudes and take the way of self-indulgence which acts against us as barriers to grace. The only way that leads to life, is the way lived by Jesus. It demands courage, faith, hope and love. To follow this way is to let go everything that comes between us and his call. The gate is narrow and the way is hard and we have to make a choice. We have to take up our cross and follow him.


Dr. Fr. John Ollukaran CMI


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