YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOR EXCEPT IN HIS HOMETOWN
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Mk. 6:1-6) Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ person, His own people’s knowledge of Him, stops them from fully acknowledging what He had done and said. They cited His relations, His parents, brothers and sisters, and their source of livelihood. These things blinded them and caused their doubt and lack of faith in Jesus.
To a nation which has become person oriented, this also happens. Gone were the days when we elect government officials and leaders of organizations by virtue of competence and character. Now, one maybe catapulted into office because of popularity, riches, relationship, or controversial or significant situations. In a batch reunion, a classmate asked me, not once but thrice, if I was really a priest. Three times I have to answer him, “yes.” It was quite irritating. I even told him to ask one of our batch mate whose marriage I presided. He could not believe I had become a priest because of how he knew me when we were studying.
For the town mates of Jesus, it was tragic. Their familiarity with the family of Jesus made them think twice about believing every word of Jesus and accepting His deeds. It was responsible for their lack of faith. Jesus found it difficult to do miracles there save for some laying of hands. Much more, they failed to recognise the Messiah in their midst.
It is easy to fall in the trap of judging a person by looks, clothes, origin, and other external characteristics. Yet, those do not make that person. We really have to know and meet the person. Knowing and meeting here means a deep experience and access to the persons being. The marriage process should include that. One who you will be with for the rest of your life should be known well. Much more with God. God is not fully knowable because He is much greater than who we are. yet we must strive to know Him so we cannot limit Him. Everyday He reveals Himself. In every encounter He lets us know something new. Do not just be contented by what people say about Him. Know for yourself who He is. And tell others of His greatness!