YEAR A: HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Mk. 4:21-25) Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time, Feast of St. John BOSCO
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives another parable stressing the message that we must shine. Jesus, the light, had brought us to light and has shared His light to us. He is our sun to our moon. We depend on Him. He expects us to let His light shine to others through us.
In the concrete it means that God had endowed us with gifts. Those gifts were meant for the good of the community. Those gifts were meant to be shared. Those gifts were meant to be used for for the goodness and holiness. That is what it means to shine. That is what it means to let Jesus shine in and through us. Therefore, it is necessary for the needs of our neighbor. We all depend on each other. We are not complete by ourselves. Our charisms respond to the needs of others in the same way that their charisms respond to ours. It will be a big waste if they were not used. It is likened to a lamp placed under a bushel.
God made a beautiful and perfect world. God provided us with commandments to guide us and stir His people to salvation. If we follow God's economy for the whole of Creation, we will reach our own Promise Land. We cannot do this on our own. Like the Israelites who God led to the land of milk and honey through Moses, we will be led to the Kingdom through the Church, the new Moses.
We remember today St. John Bosco. He is the patron of the youth. He took care of them because He knew of their potentials and their roles in the future. It is our task to hone them and make them recognize and realise their potentials. In the context of the Gospel today, we must encourage and challenge them to shine! In a manner of speaking, let us burn their wicks so that their light will be enkindled and the light of JESUS in them will bring them and others to the Kingdom.