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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 23rd week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 10, 2019

Tuesday of the 23rd week in Ordinary Time

 

Col 2:6-15

Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11

Lk 6:12-19

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.

 

Reflection

 

Discipleship for Continuing the Mission of Jesus

 

During the last two decades there has been a mushrooming of god men and women in our country and many of them have large number of followers. People are attracted to them because of their oratorical skills or the miracles they perform or the promises they make or  the consolation or temporary relief people get from following some of the techniques devised by these ‘gurus’. People become devotees of these god men and women. Large majority of the people approach the god men and women mainly to find solutions to their problems. Very few of these god men and women have got a vision for life and for the society and a mission to bring about changes in the society.


People also approached Jesus mainly to get healed. But Jesus from the very beginning of his public life had made amply clear that he had a vision and mission which he expressed in his call to the people, “ Repent and be converted because the Kingdom of God is at hand.”The miracles and healing were only a means to drive home his message to the people. Many people were influenced by his preaching which contained his vision and mission. That is why read in the Gospels about ‘large number of disciples’. Today’s Gospel speaks about Jesus selecting twelve disciples, who are known as apostles, after spending the whole night in prayer. Jesus chose them not to become his admirers and sing his praises day and night. The Gospel of St. Mark clearly mentions that he chose them to be with him and to be sent out to continue his mission. The purpose of being with Jesus is to understand his vision and mission and to imbibe his values and principles so that the disciples become fully equipped to continue his mission. Just after the selection of the 12 disciples Jesus goes along with them to meet a large crowd waiting to hear him and to be healed. In fact, it was a practical exposure to the apostles what they are expected do in future.


According to the Gospels discipleship is basically to continue the mission of Jesus i.e. brining about transformation in the individuals and in the society in view of ushering in God’s reign. But this requires in-depth understanding of Jesus’ vision, mission, values and principles through study, reflection and contemplation. Hence action- reflection -action is the dynamic process a radical disciple of Jesus has to adopt. I do not think that Jesus wants his disciples to sit before him and sing his praises day night. It could be escapism from facing the hard realities of life under the guise of spirituality- a kind of pseudo spirituality.

 

Fr. Jacob Peenikaprambil CMI

 


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