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Tuesday of the13th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

July 16, 2019

Tuesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

Feast of Our Lady of Carmel

 

Zech 2: 14-17

Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34

Matthew 11:12: 46-50/ Lk : 1: 46-55

 

Gospel Reading


While Jesus was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. Someone told him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you." But he said in reply to the one who told him, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother."

 

Reflection

 

Feast of Our Lady of Carmel

 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a unique tradition. It all started with the hermits and pilgrim who dared to travel to Holy Land in the early years of 1100 when travel to holy land was full of uncertainties.  Many fell into the hands of enemies or bandits.  Most of them never came back.  Still fascinated by the idea of seeing the places where Jesus was born, lived and died and to walk on the same ground as Jesus Christ did, they went.  Some of them were so seduced by what they saw that they decided to remain there. Quite a few stayed and lived the rest of their lives up in the north of the Holy Land, on the hills of what we call Mount Carmel, adjacent to today’s Haifa. It was here the prophet Elias made his epic battle with the prophets of Baal. These adventurers felt that God was calling them to live a life of solitude and penance. They built huts, they utilized caves, and they lived a very simple life alternating manual work and prayer. They were called Carmelites.

 

But soon external events overtook them. The enemies of Christianity wanted to remove them from the earth.  Mount Carmel was taken and destroyed by the Turks in 1291. The hermits immigrated to Europe... Cyprus, Italy, France, Low Countries and England.

 

In a little town called Aylesford, about forty miles from London, lived a very holy Carmelite called Simon Stock. He was the leader of the Carmelites. He was a devotee of Mary. The Carmelites always had a particular allegiance to Mary.  The hermits had even built a small chapel on their beloved Mount and dedicated it to our Lady. They loved the tradition that Mary used to come and spend time in prayer on this Mount!

 

They had even built a whole spirituality around Mary. Their reasoning was simple. Carmel means a garden. Mount Carmel is known for its verdant beauty. It is always green. It is always fresh. Living with Mary can make our life an oasis of peace, a Carmel.

 

Mary appeared to Father Simon holding a scapular in her hand.  - 'This shall be the privilege for you and for all the Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall be saved". And she clothed him with that. A sign of a special and dedicated protection. A shield in time of danger.

 

This image of Mary clothing us is very powerful. Because it speaks of motherhood. A mother clothes her children. And she enjoys doing it.

 

There is a small village in Germany which holds a passion play every ten years. All the inhabitants of the village take part in this play. There is one moving scene when Jesus is about to leave Nazareth and his mum, to start his mission of announcing the Gospel. He is now thirty, an adult. He thanks his mum and asks her whether he can make this departure easier in any way. She looks at him and simply tells him, "Yes, son, you can. I want a favor from you. Please let me be near you when you are suffering."

 

 

 

This is the only wish of our Mother in heaven. This is the only thing she asks of us. Let us let her be near us. Let us "take her into our home". This is what we pray for daily ‘pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death’

 

Mary cares for us that is why Jesus decided to give her to us just before dying. As one last gift.

 

Fr. Cyril Kuttiyanikkal CMI


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