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

August 16, 2019

Friday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time


Joshua 24:1-13

Psalm 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24

Mt 19:3-12

 

Gospel Reading

 

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?" He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh.


Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate."  They said to him, "Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?" He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery." His disciples said to him, "If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry." He answered, "Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom that is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."


Reflection

 

Hardness of Heart

 

Each one of us has his/her own ideology and view of life. It is through the prism of one’s view of life that one assesses and judges others as good, bad, respectable, condemnable, etc. We categorize and pigeonhole people. If I emphasize hard work as a great value and estimate myself as hardworking, I might yield to the temptation of considering quite a lot of people as lazy and undeserving of my respect and affection.


Jesus’ style is far removed from ours because he judges and estimates each one taking into account their contexts, strengths, weaknesses, talents, etc. So it is difficult to pigeonhole Jesus’ style and approach as this or that. True, he was a compassionate and forgiving Lord. Gospels testify that sinners and those who were far less than perfect felt perfectly at home with him. The Samaritan woman, the tax collectors, Zachaeus, …. They felt at home because he did not reprimand or rebuke. But the same Lord turns stony-hearted when a young man volunteers to dedicate his life to him and asks for a little concession – a little time to complete his obligation to his dying father. ‘You won’t be worthy of me.’ Jesus is categorical and merciless.


Jesus has different yardsticks for different people. ‘It was because of the hardness of your heart that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives.’


We should draw two messages: if we aim at a life of commitment to Jesus and desire a life of grace, we should not seek shelter under the concessions that Gospels offer at different places. Secondly, when faced with people who are a bit liberal and choosy in their following of the Gospels, it will be a misplaced judgement to regard them as out of the Lord’s favour.


Dr. George Kulangara CMI 

 


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