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Monday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 15, 2019

Monday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time


Ex 1: 8-14, 22

Ps 123: 1-3, 4-6, 7-8,

Mt 10: 34- 11:1

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus said to his Apostles: "Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one's enemies will be those of his household. "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. "Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple– amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward." When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

 

Reflection


Priorities in Our Life

 

There is a Jewish story called ‘Bad Business’. Once the evil spirit came dejected and sad before God and wailed, “Almighty God, I want you to know that I am bored.  I have no more business and I go around whole day doing nothing, and there is no work left for me”. 

 

"I can't understand you," replied God. There's plenty of work to be done. May be you've got to take more initiative. Why don't you use new technology and try to lead people into sin? That's your job!"

 

"Lead people into sin!" muttered the Evil Spirit contemptuously. "Why Lord, even before I can get a chance to say a blessed word to anyone he has already gone and sinned!"

 

In the Gospel Jesus says that he has come to cast a sword on earth and to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law and so on.  Even the evil spirit is not required to tempt us anymore.   But we don't need Jesus to cast a sword on earth - we do that pretty well without his help. We don't need Jesus to turn family members against other family members - we do that pretty well without his help.

 

When Jesus spoke about division he likely had in mind the prophecy of Micah: a man's enemies are the men of his own household (Micah 7:6).  It is possible that family and friends can become our enemies, if the thought of them keeps us from doing what we know God wants us to do. The love of God compels us to choose who will be first in our lives. To place any relationship or anything else above God is a form of idolatry. Jesus challenges us to examine who we love first and foremost. A true disciple loves God above all else and is willing to forsake all for Jesus Christ. Jesus insists that his disciples give him the loyalty which is only due to God, a loyalty which is higher than spouse or kin.

 

Here the point is not just that your choice to follow Jesus causes your loved ones to pull away from you, but that you must make a priority choice between Jesus and those people and things that you care about, and here it’s regardless of whether or not they are also followers of Christ.

 

This is the Abraham test. You remember God called upon Abraham to be willing to sacrifice the son of promise? God calls on us to make a decision about priorities in our life that places him first. Above career, above comfort, above our personal hopes and dreams, above, yes, even father and mother, son and daughter.

 

Fr. Cyril Kuttiyanikkal CMI


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