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Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time 

July 11, 2019


Gen 44:18-21, 23b-29, 45:1-5

Ps 104:16-17, 18-19, 20-21

Mt 10:7-15

 

Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words, go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the Day of Judgment than for that town.”

 

Reflection

 

Jesus wants his disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God. How  will we experience that this Kingdom of God is at hand ?  We can experience this when the sick are healed, when the dead are raised to life, when the leprosy patients are made clean and when the evil spirits are cast out. Kingdom of God is the experience of healing, full life, freedom from the power and sway of the evil spirit. If these values are experienced in our life we can say that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus did exactly this. The common understanding of the time was that everything that is bad or evil is caused by the evil spirits. By defeating the evil spirit/power, goodness, the kingdom of god could be established. So we see Jesus rebuking the fever of the mother in law of Peter as if fever was evil spirit-Lk:4/39- and she gets healed. We see in Mk: 4 /39 that Jesus rebukes the wind as if it was evil spirit and it becomes calm.  In Mk: 5/8 we see that Jesus casts out evil spirit from a man possessed by many evil spirits and empowers him to lead a peaceful life. Thus if the evil spirits and powers are defeated the Kingdom of God could be established and there will be the experience of healing, fuller life and freedom from the chains and traps of the evil powers. It is this kingdom of God that his disciples are asked to proclaim. So Jesus gives his power to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leprosy patients and cast out the evil spirits, to his disciples who are willing to proclaim his message and establish for him the Kingdom of God.

 

The power to heal, cast out evil ones etc are only means to manifest the power and glory of God so that those get these graces and blessings may magnify and glorify the Lord and accept him as their Saviour and Master and follow in his footsteps.

 

Jesus tells us to give freely as we have received freely. These powers are entirely at the service of Kingdom of God and have to be used entirely for it. It is neither for making money nor increasing one’s cult or power.

 

He also wants us to tell that there is no need for money for the proclamation of Jesus Christ. What we have to do is to heal the sick by praying for them, caste out the evil ones by our austere life and prayer.   We need not supply money for the sake of evangelization. Our resources should be prayer life and graces bestowed by Jesus hims


Fr Paulson Muthipeedika CMI


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