THEME: Many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR THURSDAY JULY 21 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*ABOUT THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard from the Book of the prophet Jeremiah in which the Lord spoke of the great and wonderful things which He had done for them, and all the love He had shown them throughout the ages, and yet at the same time, of how those same people had rejected Him and refused His love, in worshipping pagan idols and gods, offering sacrifices to them and by doing what were wicked in the eyes of the Lord.
*ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading Jesus speaks of looking without seeing and of listening without hearing. We can all relate to what Jesus says there. We know from our own experience that we listen without hearing and look without seeing. Sometimes what is being said is not worth hearing and so we listen without paying attention, and what is visible is not really worth looking at with any attention.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE READINGS OF TODAY?*
However, Jesus was speaking about those who look at himself without seeing him and who listen to what he says without hearing him. When it comes to Jesus there is a lot to be seen and a lot to be heard. Jesus is worth more than a cursory look and a half-engaged listen. The more carefully we look at Jesus the more we will see, and the more attentively we listen to him, the more we will hear.
As Jesus declares at the end of the reading, ‘Happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear’. Jesus is alive among us as risen Lord; he is there to be seen and to be heard by us all. We hear and see him in a special sense whenever we gather to celebrate the Eucharist. Yet, the Lord is to be seen and heard in many other ways as well. He is visible and audible to us in and through each other, especially in and through those who are most vulnerable. We pray for eyes to see and ears to hear his presence among us.
God bless you.
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
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