YEAR A: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: A call to service
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Mt. 9:32-38) Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
In today’s Gospel Jesus drove out demons and cured many sick people. Seeing those who are in need of healing and struggling, He was moved with pity. He told His disciples the need for harvesters. He meant the prevailing dominance of sin in society to many which needed to be addressed. Thus, He declared “Help Wanted” from his followers. It does not mean that Jesus was helpless and could not “harvest” without help. It means that part of being a disciple is to be a laborer in the vineyard and wheat field. While we were created without our consent, we will not be saved without our consent.
Communion and cooperation had been God’s brand of relationship. Again, it does not mean that God cannot save us without our help. God is sending the message that we have to respond to God’s invitation of love through faith and love. Baptism is a gift which involves a task. We strive for holiness at the same time, we strive to help others attain holiness. When Jesus died on the cross, He died for all. At one point, praying to His Father, Jesus reported that no one was lost. He took care of everyone which the Father had entrusted to Him. Now, Jesus extends and shares the system to His disciples. He recruited first the apostles. He taught and formed them. They were witnesses to His life and ministry. Now, He invites them to participate in His threefold function: priestly, prophetic, and kingly functions.
By virtue of our baptism, we are being sent to proclaim the Good News to others, pray for them, and guide them to the Kingdom. All of us are being called to serve according to our charisms. Take time to stop and reflect what are your God-given gifts. Commit yourself to use them according to God’s will. Accept Jesus’ invitation to be His laborer.