YEAR B: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 21ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. MEMORIAL OF ST. AUGUSTINE
HOMILY THEME: ADMONISHING THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Mt. 23:23-26) Tuesday of the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Augustine of Hippo.
In today’s Gospel Jesus continues to admonish the religious leaders of His time. Jesus gives concrete description of how they are living their spiritual life. They dwelt more on externalities and accidents while neglecting internal purity and essential things. They do not last. They satisfy human wants and praise but far from God’s intentions and purpose.
There is nothing wrong with cleaning the outside. We also need to look good. But we must never forget those that truly matter and would lead us to our rightful destiny. It entails authentic living. It means following God’s will with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. We live not to satisfy others but God.
The true Christian, in a way, differs much from some politicians and actors. With due respect to others, it is a common goal for the above to gain the following of their fans and electorate. They need to look good before them. This is not a condemnation of actors and politicians. But experience shows us this is true.
Jesus, during His ministry, taught and did miracles not to impress the crowd nor gain following to be a political leader. He preached and did miracle to send the message of salvation. He was not afraid if His listeners were offended or not. He pointed out their lack in order to make them good leaders. How do we know the true from the show-off leader? Their fruits will testify to them. The kind of life they live and generate will undoubtedly reveal their true intentions. Do they live what they believe?
God sees our hearts and minds. We cannot deceive Him. It is best that we live our lives being aware of this. We may fool others and ourselves. But we cannot fool God.