YEAR B: HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 22ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: THE MESSIAH
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Lk. 4:16-30) Monday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus goes back to His hometown after His retreat in the desert. He went to the synagogue and read the Scriptures from the prophet Isaiah referring to the Messiah and His mission. Remember that it was the same response Jesus gave to the disciples of John the Baptist when asked what they would tell John about who He was. Jesus took the opportunity to proclaim to everyone that what they had heard is was being fulfilled right before them. The future had started! Of course, it drew a lot of adverse reactions. Jesus was known to be from Nazareth, maybe the last place one would expect the Messiah will come from. He was the son of a carpenter, Joseph, and a simple teenage woman, Mary. The Jews had their own idea of the Messiah and most of them were not present in Jesus. To their reaction and objection, Jesus could only tell them the fate of a prophet in relation to their own people and how, because of that reaction, miracles were made not to them but to others.
There are a lot of messages we can get from this Gospel of Luke. It was the beginning of the ministry of Jesus. As expected in the Gospel of Luke, emphasis was given to the anawims, Gentiles, oppressed, poor, widows, etc. The Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as the messiah for sinners with preferential option for the marginalized in the community where Luke belonged. Be that as it may, the message was not only for a certain group of people, particular place, or specific time. The message of salvation is for all, with the marginalized given priority.
Jesus cited what the prophets Elijah and Elisha did to the widow and Naaman the leper respectively. The Jews may have been the chosen people and, according to the economy of salvation, were to be the first beneficiaries, the faith of the Gentiles and the sick were not left unheard and un attended. God’s prophets brought to life the son of a widow and cured the leprosy of a man. This will be the recurring theme of Luke’s Gospel. The goal is to attain a jubilee year, actually, a jubilee for all time because we have an all-forgiving and loving God.