HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE II
THEME: Radical Spirituality
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa
HOMILY FOR FRIDAY JUNE 10 2022
Jesus challenges his followers to a radical spirituality which is “wisdom to those who are mature, not a wisdom of this age” (1 Corinthians 2:6). He addresses the passions, secret thoughts, and emotions that are at the root of sin and evil. A Latin maxim says Acta exterior indicant interiora secreta (exterior actions are manifestations of interior secrets). Could this be why Jesus prescribes a hard solution for getting rid of the seeds of evil that lie hidden in the human heart? He says: If your right eye causes you to sin tear it out and throw it away and If your right-hand causes you, cut it off and throw it away. Do not interpret these words literally, but understand the underlying meaning. Furthermore, He instructs His followers to address the problem of deep-seated anger in the heart, which is the root of violence and murder. He asks his followers to deal with the passion of lust which is the root of adultery. His statement points to the sanctity of marriage and to the fact that marriage is a sacred covenant. There cannot be a stable marriage without forgiveness and reconciliation. Jesus reinterprets the law in such a way that his listeners are challenged to tackle their moral problems from the roots to set themselves free from the moral issues that chain them. How often do we examine the root causes and motivations of our attitudes and actions?
Matthew 5:27-32; Friday, 10th Week