YEAR A: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Mt. 5:17-19) Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus warns against the righteousness of the Pharisees. The Pharisees were the religious leaders during the time of Jesus. They knew the Law and Scriptures. They perform the rituals as provided by the faith. But they are wanting in being witnesses to what they preach. At best, their practice of the faith are for show and dwells more on externalities. Jesus knew their hearts. Jesus knew their insincerity. Their proclamations and acts do not come from their hearts. Their practice of the faith does not come from a deep conviction and essential living of the faith. Thus, the kind of righteousness they live is not the kind Jesus would want us to have.
Jesus cannot be deceived. He knows what are in our hearts. The Pharisees, instead of admitting the truth and making the necessary changes, rather tried to silence and discredit Jesus. They were offended by Jesus. It was not the right response to the right criticism. Thus, Jesus cautions those of us who are following the same path. It is more of a concern than an attempt to humiliate. If we accept that at times we are like the Pharisees in our practice of the faith, let us be reminded that faith of that kind makes us worse than better. Faith is not merely routine or rituals. It involves the heart, the mind, and the whole of our person.
All these will come to a head when we face the God. Before God, we are bare. There is no way we can camouflage our feelings, ideas and actions. We come clean before God. It is best that we are aware of that. Practicing it during this lifetime prepares us for that day of judgment. Besides, sincerity and authenticity are marks of true holiness. And true holiness is what we want to achieve.