Select Month:Year: 
SunMonTueWedThuFri Sat
010203
04050607080910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031



Homilies Navchetana Apps, the first of its kind is produced and published by Navchetana Communications, Bhopal, India

 

Subscribe and receive weekly Homilies

*Name:
*Email:

Make a donation and be a part of this noble mission

Homilies Navchetana is an initiative of Navchetana Communications, Bhopal, India. We have been sending the Sunday and daily homilies last four years. We are grateful to you for your cooperation and encouraging comments. Navchetana is committed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through modern media and performing arts. Through our Web TV, audio and video productions and stage programmes we take the Gospel message to the ends of the earth. Make a donation and be a part of this noble mission.

Contact us: navchetana@gmail.com



Comments
*Name:
*Email:
*Comments:
*Type the characters as seen on the image:
Captcha image

 


Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 1, 2019

Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time


Ex 40:16-21, 34-38

Matthew 13:47-53

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus said to the disciples: "The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."

"Do you understand all these things?" They answered, "Yes." And he replied, "Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old." When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

 

Reflection

 

Parable of Net

 

 

Today we have a gospel passage whose background is very familiar to the people of Galilee. People who were living around the lake Galilee were very familiar with the evening scene at the sea shore when the fishermen come back from the sea after a day’s labor. They sit at the sea shore to separate the good fish from the bad ones. They take the good fish home while they throw away the bad fish.


At the outset itself, I wonder at the awesome ability of Jesus to draw home the theme of his preaching using the local imageries familiar to the common man. When he speaks to the fishermen he uses the image of boat, net and fish while talking to the farmers he uses the images of wheat, mustard seed and weeds. When he preaches to the scribes and the learned he quotes the scriptures in abundance and reinterprets them which they may understand. We have to imbibe this spirit of Jesus when we are preaching the homilies interpreting and reinterpreting the scriptural passages. We have to bring the theme of the passages to the level of understanding of the audience. Otherwise the preaching will just hang in the air. It will not go into the heart of the people.


Bible scholars say that the word used here in this passage to denote net is ‘sagene’ in Greek. Interesting thing is that this word is used only in this passage in the whole New Testament. “Sagene is a large net with weights on the bottom and floats on top, hanging vertically in the water, enclosing all fish larger than its grid. After a pre-determined time its ends are drawn together and the net pulled up on the beach. Two boats would be used to set out the large net.” That was the kind of net used by the fishermen of Galilee. Here the net represents the preaching of the Word of God. It is preached to the whole world as the net is cast into the sea. On the final Day of Judgment nobody can have the excuse that we did not hear the word of God. It is preached to all. And more over it should be preached to all. That is the responsibility of the disciples. All the possible means should be used to preach the word of God so that the gospel message may reach all the corners of the world.


When the net is thrown into the sea, it gathers “fish of every kind” (Verse 47). As the word of God, Gospel is preached to the world, it attracts all kinds of people. It may contain the good and the bad, the wise and the foolish, the week and the strong, the faithful and the unfaithful. It may gather the white and the black, the brown and the yellow. No condition and barriers are put into the entry of anybody in to the kingdom. The doors of the Kingdom of God are open to all irrespective of caste and creeds, social positions and the race. Are we putting barriers and blocks on the gates of the Kingdom? Let everyone come in. The final sorting out of the good from the bad is to be done at the end of the ages by the angels (v.49). That is not our job. Till then let us do our work of preaching the Kingdom of God to all in all possible ways.

 

Dr. Martin Mallathu CMI


Homilies Navchetana Apps, the first of its kind is produced and published by Navchetana Communications, Bhopal, India to assist the clergy to preach the World of God and also as a handy spiritual resource for the people of God to reflect on the daily spiritual passages at their convenience. You can download this on your Android phone from Google play and you can see the Gospel reflections of the whole year. The size of this app is just 2.5 MB. We welcome your suggestions and contributions to server you better.

May God Bless you

Fr. James M L CMI

Get it on Google Play

Homilies Navchetana is an initiative of Navchetana Communications, Bhopal, India. We have been sending the Sunday and daily homilies last four years. We are grateful to you for your cooperation and encouraging comments. Navchetana is committed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through modern media and performing arts. Through our Web TV, audio and video productions and stage programmes we take the Gospel message to the ends of the earth. Make a donation and be a part of this noble mission.


Back To Current Homilies