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

Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time 

July 12, 2019


Gen 46:1-7, 28-30

Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40

Mt 10:16-23

 

Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

 

Reflection

 

The mandate that Jesus gives for the proclamation of his message is not an easy task. He says that I am sending you as sheep among wolfs. So one should expect great trouble in proclaiming his message. So he cautions us that we need to be innocent like dove and clever like serpent. We should be innocent that nobody should get a chance to point a finger at us, to accuse us for our wrong doings. If we are clean and pure, our moral power and state of grace will be high. This will work as a shield for our protection and power to venture out. But being innocent and pure is not enough but we need to be clever like the serpent. The serpent smells the danger and runs away and hides from critical situations. We should discern when to proclaim and how to proclaim the message. Not that I am given the mandate so I shall do it anywhere at any time unmindful of the situation and atmosphere where in we are operating.

 

But this does not mean that thinking of the consequences we should always strategically keep quiet and play it safe. It is sure that there will be issues and we may be dragged to courts and councils. But Jesus tells us that we need not be over worried about what we shall say or how we shall respond to such situations. He says it will not be we but Holy Spirit who will be speaking through us. He even tells us that it will be a chance for us to proclaim to the world his message as we will be given a chance to speak in the court. We see St. Peter and the other Apostles using this opportunity to speak to officials and high priests when they were produced before the council in Jerusalem Acts: 4/8. So St. Paul would say  “Preach the Word, be prepared in season and out of season, correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction” 2 Tim: 4/2.

 

Jesus goes on to tell us that due to him even a family would get divided. Brother against the brother and father against the son. This is a reality we see in the areas where some people have accepted the faith in Jesus Christ. In some families son may have received the faith and become Christian but the father might even then be leading life according to his original faith. One of our teachers, Mr. Devlal’s family is one such case. His father, mother and their children have become Christians but his father’s brothers and grant father have not become Christians. At times there are frictions among these brothers and their families. But all these should not deter us from proclaiming Jesus’ message.

 

 Fr Paulson Muthipeedika CMI


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