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

October 5, 2019

Saturday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time

 

Baruch 4: 5-12; 27-29;

Ps. 69: 33-35, 36-37,

Lk 10: 17-24

 

Gospel Reading

 

The seventy returned with joy, saying, 'Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!' He said to them, 'I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.' Jesus Rejoices At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.' Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.'

 

Reflection


Effort, not Result

 

It is not surprising that the students from Convent schools excel in the Board exams than the students from the government run schools. But it should not be forgotten that the students from the former group is blessed with excellent teachers and modern teaching facilities. Therefore, it is the students from the latter group that must be appreciated more even if they had only an average performance. They could do so merely because of their efforts. It is not the result, but the efforts that must be evaluated.


Through the Prophet Baruch, the God reminds us today how we have gone away from God even though he reared us lovingly. But he is happy if we return to him and seek him with tenfold zeal (Bar 4:28). God is concerned more with our efforts and less with the result we bring about.

There are many examples to it;


God looked the efforts of repenting David and stopped punishing him (2 Sam 24:17).


Jesus looked the effort of Zachaeus when he climbed the Sycamore tree.


Paul became a great apostle because God saw the efforts that he undertook in the desert of Arabia to follow Jesus.

 

 

When the disciples returned after their first round of preaching, as we read in today’s passage, Jesus was not excited with the result they have achieved. The disciples could even perform miracles. But Jesus merely affirmed that with their efforts they have inscribed their names in heaven.


Let us take the efforts as much as we can to follow Jesus by embracing the virtues of love, forgiveness and service. Let us be not worried too much about the result that we can be pride of. The Lord who sees our efforts will bless us to see what many kings and prophets want to see and hear what they wanted  to hear (Lk 10:24).

 


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