YEAR A: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (1)


YEAR A: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

HOMILY THEME: REPENTANCE….”Alas for you Chorazin and Bethsaida!”

BY: Fr. Damien LIN Yuanheng

 

HOMILY: Today, Christ upbraided two Galilean cities, Chorazin and Bethsaida, for their incredulities: «Alas for you Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have repented» (Mt 11:21). Christ himself bore witness that the Phoenician cities, Tyre and Sidon, would have done penitence in great humility, if the wonders of the divine power had been done in them.

Nobody enjoys a good scolding. It must however be especially painful to be upbraided by Christ, who loves us with his most merciful heart. There is simply no excuse, no immunity when one is reprimanded by Truth itself. Let us receive humbly and responsibly God’s call to conversion each day.

We also notice that Christ did not mince his words. He placed his audience face to face with truth. We too have to take stock of the manner we speak to others about Christ. Often, we too have to fight against our human respect to put our friends before eternal truths such as death and judgment. Pope Francis wittingly described St. Paul as a “trouble-maker”, he said: «May we not take refuge in an easy-going life or in an ephemeral structure (…). Paul, preaching the Lord, caused trouble. But he persisted, because he was a zealous Christian. He had apostolic zeal. He was not a man of compromise». Let us not shun from our duty of charity.

Perhaps, like me, you may find these words of St. Josemaria Escriva enlightening: «(…) It’s a question (…) of speaking words of wisdom in clear Christian speech that all can understand». We should not just rest on the laurels because we are understood by many; rather, we have to beg for the grace to be the humble instrument of the Holy Spirit, in order to put each man and woman squarely before the Divine truth.

Fr. Damien LIN Yuanheng
(Singapore, Singapore)

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  1. […] HOMILY: READINGS: Exodus 2: 1-15, Ps. 69, Matthew 11: 20-24 Our Lady of Mt Carmel In life cases can be similar and many people’s case can be treated the same way. There can be a general rule that should apply to everybody and all may be subjected to the same treatment. In the case of God, rules can differ and exceptions can be made. In spiritual matter and relationship with God, things do not follow general rule for we are all different and mean differently before God who treats us as individuals and not as a group with similar measures. In the case of Moses in the first reading, God had a different approach to him; what was applicable as a law for all male born of the Hebrews changed and he was treated differently. When God has a necessary mission for a particular person that only him must accomplish, he makes sure that nothing obstructs it. He gives extra-ordinary grace to see the accomplishment of his plans and the destruction of all human and diabolic forces militating against it. God is the only Being that can be feared and respected since he alone has the power to do whatever he wills and nothing can work against him or his plans. If God says yes, nobody or forces can say No and whatever God wills that would not happen cannot be done by any power because he is the final arbiter and decider of every circumstance. […]

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