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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 18, 2019

Wednesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time 


1Timothy 3:14-16

Psalm 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6

Luke 7:31-35

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus said: ‘What comparison, then, can I find for the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children shouting to one another while they sit in the market place: We played the pipes for you, and you wouldn’t dance; we sang dirges, and you wouldn’t cry.


‘For John the Baptist has come, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, “He is possessed.” The Son of man has come, eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.’

 

Reflection


Action, reaction and reflected action

 

Reaction is often viewed as a sign of life. However, the ability to react is not confined to or a prerogative the animate world. We have learned in our physics classes that “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” A lack of response indicates that somewhere, somehow, something is wrong or is not working. Nevertheless all responses need not be reactions. Reactions are in fact non-reflected responses triggered by physical or chemical stimuli. In the material and the animal world we see only reactions. When we consider the human world at times we come across a qualitatively different kind of response, which can be called pro-active. In this case, a person is not reacting to the physical or chemical stimuli, but his/her response results from reflection and deliberation.

 

 

In today’s Gospel Jesus criticizes his generation for being tepid and inert. They were neither pro-active nor even reactive, they were insensitive. In the book of Revelations we read the Church of Laodicea condemned for being lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. The Lord cautions them, “I will spit you out of my mouth.” Indifference is a kind of decease. There is much truth in the saying that “the silence of the pious encourages the violence of the wicked.” Yes, indifference, like cancer can eat into the flesh, bones and marrows of the society. What causes indifference? It is individualism and absence of social sensitivity that make people withdraw into their comfort zones, shutting their eyes, ears and heart to the sufferings of the world. Jesus found the Jews self-absorbed and self-centered, considering themselves as the chosen people. They forgot the fact that they were chosen for a purpose, they were blessed in order to become blessings, they were forgiven in order to forgive their offenders, and they were loved in order to transmit love. Narcissism can easily creep into the lives of individuals and communities if not well guarded. In fact, self-promotion and lack of social sensitivity are becoming the hallmarks of our generation as well. People make their own “theology of prudence” to justify their indifference and satisfy their prick of conscience. For Jews John the Baptist was a social-misfit while Jesus a party-dog – both equally pariahs. This indicates the dictum; “in medio stat virtus” need not be always the case! Our vocation and mission demand from us to be proactive and not reactive.

 

Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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