CATHOLIC HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE I
THEME: JESUS AND THE TORMENTED…..“They begged him to leave their area”
BY: Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
HOMILY: Today, we are given to contemplate a sad contrast. “Contrast” because we admire the power and divine majesty of Jesus Christ, whom the demons submit voluntarily to (a signal that the Kingdom of the Heavens has reached us). But, at the same time, we deplore the narrowness and stinginess which the human heart is capable of, when refusing the bearer of Good News: «The whole town went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their area» (Mt 8:34). And “sad” because «He himself, who is the true light (…) came to his own, and his own did not receive him» (Jn 1:9-11).
More contrast and more confusion when we pay attention to the fact that man is free and this freedom has the “power to halt” God’s infinite power. Or we can put it another way: the infinite divine powers reach as far as our “powerful” freedom allows it. And this is so because God mainly loves us with a Father’s love. As a Father, we should not be surprised that He is so respectful of our freedom: He does not impose his love upon us, He just proposes it to us.
God, with infinite wisdom and goodness, providentially rules the Universe while respecting our freedom; even when this freedom turns its back on him and does not want to accept his will. Contrary to what it may seem, He does not let the world out of his hands: God always brings everything to a good conclusion, despite all hindrances we can raise against him. In fact, these hindrances are, first of all, turning against us.
However, we can affirm, «in the face of human freedom God has wanted to become “impotent”. And it can be said God pays for the great gift [our freedom] given to a being created in his image and likeness [man]» (John Paul II). God pays!: if we throw him out, He obeys and goes away. He pays, but we lose. On the other hand, we do well when we respond like the Virgin Mary: «I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said» (Lk 1:38).
Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)