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Monday of the 19th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 12, 2019

Monday of the 19th Week in the Ordinary Time


Deut 10: 12-22

Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

Mt 17:22-27

 

Gospel Reading

 

As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day." And they were overwhelmed with grief.


When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?" "Yes," he said. When he came into the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, "What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?" When he said, "From foreigners," Jesus said to him, "Then the subjects are exempt. But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you."

 

Reflection

 

Losing willingly and joyfully

 

Jesus has a masterly art of personnel management. When the question is about learning lessons in winning people, there is none like Jesus whom we can go to. Being good, Jesus is absolutely clear about what is good, right and desirable. He is also always firmly on the side of the good.


Though he is uncompromisingly on the side of the good, we don’t get to see him moving about with a hammer in his hand to fix the nails, fixing the people with problems or problematic people. Rather he sees the larger picture; he wants to win the war rather than the small fights of the present. As an artful manager of human relations, he knows the values of patience, forgiveness and letting go. He is not insistent on hammering every misplaced nail. He does not insist on correcting every mistake at the first sight of it. That will only offend and alienate people. His strategy is not aimed at fighting for the good; he aims at winning everyone for the good.


Jesus is only too aware that he is not duty bound to pay taxes. He is not a foreigner after all. But for him, no arguing and fighting silly. Like a loser, he withdraws from a fight. And even pays the tax. He does not want to offend the people in authority. He already sees a day when these same authorities will fight for the cause of the good, his own cause.


Does not the Gospel passage today challenge us to rethink our strategy – when we are hell bent on fighting for every cause that we think is our duty; when we are hell bent on winning every small battle because we think we are on the right. Do our convictions, ideologies and uncompromisingly good ways alienate people in our families and elsewhere? Or do we have the Lord’s mind to let go and wait? Real victory belongs to those who can willingly and joyfully lose today!

 

Dr. George Kulangara CMI 


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