HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR I.
THEME: TOTALLY MISUNDERSTOOD.
BY: FR GERALD M. MUSA.
Any person who deviates from normal (conventional) or acceptable conduct is usually called eccentric, mad, or insane. Jesus was wrongly accused of being eccentric because he lived differently and his teaching was revolutionary. One of the quickest ways of dispossessing someone of his dignity and respect is to present the person as insane or eccentric. At some point during the ministry of Jesus, people misunderstood and misjudged him. Not even His family members and friends could understand his way of life. They could not understand why he was so open to everybody and not giving his family all the attention.
As a young man, they felt he should be thinking about marriage, business, and how to raise a family and not just healing, teaching, and delivering people from demons. For them, he was becoming a big disgrace as he was not fitting into their expectations and his teaching was different from that of the Scribes and Pharisees. They concluded he must be crazy and imbalanced. When we live a truly Christian life, we stand the risk of being misunderstood, accused, and ignored. How do we react or respond when people mock us, ridicule us, misunderstand, misjudge and persecute us?
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