FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: SPIRIT OF TOLERANCE
BY: Fr. GERALD M. MUSA
HOMILY FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26 2022
Marcus Aurelius the Roman Emperor and Philosopher had an interesting work titled “Meditations.” That influential writing contains his thoughts about responsibilities, obligations, discipline, humility, and other topics. One of the captivating statements he made in the book is: “All men are made one for another: either then teach them better or bear with them.” This statement shows how interdependent we are as human beings and the value of cooperation. In contrast, we live in a world where aggressive competition seems to be in vogue than cooperation. The brief conversation between John and Jesus is instructive. John said to Jesus, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you” (Luke 9:49-50). Good people from every race, religion, ethnic group, and denomination ought to come together to fight and flush the forces of evil that continue to destroy our society. There is strength in unity. How do we perceive people who do the same thing as we do or those who do the same thing differently? Do we see them as collaborators or competitors? If politicians of different parties see themselves as opponents, should those who work in the vineyard of the Lord not see themselves as cooperators?
Monday, 26th Week