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Friday of the 26th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 4, 2019

Friday of the 26th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Baruch 1:15-22

Psalm 79:1-2, 2-5, 8, 9

Lk 10: 13-16

 

Feast of Francis of Assisi


(Please roll down for the homily on St Francis Assisi)

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus said to his disciples, "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades. "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.


Reflection


Warnings

 

The Gospel today is continuation of the sending out of the seventy-two disciples (Lk 10:1-12).  At the end, after sending them out, Jesus speaks about shaking off the dust from the shoes, if the missionaries are not welcomed or accepted (Lk 10:10-12). Today’s Gospel stressed and extends the threats upon those who refuse to receive the Good News.


Alas for you, Corazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! The place which Jesus travelled or covered in the three years of his missionary life was small. It measured only a few square kilometres along the Sea of Galilee around the cities of Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Corazin. Precisely in this very small space Jesus works the majority of his miracles and presents his discourses. He has come to save the whole of humanity, and he hardly went out of the limited space of his land. But, tragically, Jesus had to see that the people of those cities do not want to accept the message of the Kingdom and are not converted. The cities fixed themselves in the rigidity of their beliefs, traditions and customs and they do not accept the invitation of Jesus to change life.  For if the miracle done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes”. Jesus compares the two cities with Tyre and Sidon which in the past were unyielding enemies of Israel, ill-treating the people of God. For this reason they were cursed by the Prophets: (Is 23, 1; Jr 25, 22; 47, 4; Ez 26, 3; 27, 2; 28, 2; Jl 4, 4; Am 1, 10). And now Jesus says that these same cities, symbols of all the evil done to the people in the past, would have already converted if so many miracles would have been worked in them as in Corazin and in Bethsaida.


And you Capernaum, “Did you want to be raised high as Heaven? You shall be flung down to hell”. In order to understand this passage we need to refer back to the book of Isaiah. Jesus recalls the condemnation which Isaiah, the Prophet launched against Babylonia. Proud and arrogant, Babylonia thought: “I shall scale the heavens; higher than the stars of God I shall set my throne. I shall sit on the Mount of the Assembly far away to the north. I shall climb high above the clouds, I shall rival the Most High” (Is 14, 13-14). That is what it thought! But what happened was the contrary. The Prophet says: “Now you have been flung down to Sheol, into the depths of the abyss!” (Is 14, 15). Jesus compares Capernaum with that terrible Babylonia which destroyed the monarchy and the temple and took the people as slaves, from which it never succeeded to recover.


Today, the same paradox continues to exist. Many of us, born Catholics, called as priests and religious have such consolidated convictions that nobody is capable to convert us.  It might be no harm then for each of us today to hear those warnings of Jesus addressed to ourselves. How well have we really responded to the call of Jesus in the Gospel? How open are we to hear that message coming to us from different kinds of people in our community? How committed are we to accepting, living and sharing that Gospel with others?  Might it be true to say that there are people in other parts of our world, our country, and our society who, if they were given what we have been given, who heard what we hear, would respond much more generously than we have done? Because we have been given so much so much more is expected of us.  As Jesus says elsewhere we may be very surprised to see others, who never had an opportunity, go before us into God’s Kingdom.

 

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi- Saint with Marks of Christ


(Gal 1: 13-24, Lk 10: 38-42)

 

Once Francis of Assisi went to a town with Br.Leo for preaching. Leo had carried Bible and other necessary things for preaching. Even though Francis saw many crowds on the way he didn’t preach even once. On their way back, the angry Leo asked the Saint why he didn’t preach even for once. The Saint answered, “Our very life was our preaching.”

 

Francis could say so because he had carried the marks of Christ in his body. Therefore the world today calls him altur Christus, the second Christ. Through his Letter to Galatians, St. Paul exhorts people to be a new creation by carrying the marks of Christ as he does. What are the marks of Christ? They are the Paschal mysteries of our Lord Jesus Christ, namely the suffering, death and resurrection.

 

Throughout his earthly ministry Jesus joined with people in their sufferings. The first miracle by Jesus happened because Jesus preferred to join in the suffering of the family where the marriage was happening. The death of Jesus was the death of his very self. He gave himself completely to the cause of the other. Only in the death of the self, we will be able to ‘pass over’ from selfishness to selflessness. Finally there is the resurrection of Jesus that brought hope and joy to them who are sad, desperate, and dejected. The great gift of resurrected Jesus was the assurance of peace to the world.

 

St. Francis lived these paschal mysteries in his very life. He could be one of the few saints who has got acceptance beyond the boundaries of any particular religion, caste, class and land. The famous ‘Peace Prayer’ is acclaimed as a uniting prayer for the world. St. Francis is much more than these. It is all because he carried the marks of Christ.

 


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