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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

August 20, 2019

Tuesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time 

 

Judges 6:11-24a

Psalm 85:9, 11-12, 13-14

Mt 19: 23-30

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God." When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible." Then Peter said to him in reply, "We have given up everything and followed you.


What will there be for us?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

  

Reflection


Presence and Presents

 

Discipleship is a leap into darkness. The disciple never asks questions. Peter’s question to Jesus, “What then will we have?” sounds strange. Discipleship opens a path for unconditional giving. It is more of being for him and not of having gains in His name. ‘Leave your smart phones and Bikes behind’ Pope Francis told seminarians. His advice is: Be more present to his presence, not to presents. Discipleship is a path of total trust in his faithfulness. It is taking a step forward, looking at future with no clear certainty. In discipleship there is no place for interrogative words, why, what, when, how, how much, how many, etc. It is giving an instinctive and intuitive response to his call and saying an absolute ‘Yes’ willfully and with conviction from your inner voice. Follow your heart; do not follow a thousand noises without, but to the voice within. No disciple knows what one’s life has got in store. For the disciple it is always daring adventures and of making choices with Him and for Him and through Him. To make the right choice listen to the voice inside, the voice of the Spirit, the voice of your conscience, the voice that comes from your interiority. In the cave of Trinitarian abode in your heart the silent voice comes when you become calm and composed, intent and intense in love for him. Questions are signs of ceaseless concerns: put all your concerns and worries at his feet. An uneasy soul cannot follow him consistently. Many ask questions, because they are restless and are worried. To make your mind and heart receptive, listen to the voice inside and do the right thing. Peter was “worried and distracted by many things” like Martha. But Jesus says ‘Sit at my feet and listen to what I am saying’ like Mary. Discipleship is a pilgrimage from Martha’s self to Mary’s self. It is a journey from my self to His self, from ‘myself to ourselves’, from the futility of performance to the flowering of presence – his presence in my heart. You start enjoying your committed life as and when you have learned to sit and listen and stop worrying and stop asking so many questions, not knowing, like Peter, how and what one asks.

 

Fr Antony Kochalumkal CMI

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