Catholic homily for Tuesday of the 26th week in Ordinary Time Cycle I

Jesus with deciples(1)

Jesus with deciples(1)

Catholic homily for Tuesday of the 26th week in Ordinary Time Cycle I

Theme: JESUS SEEKS OUR HIGHEST GOOD – FRIEND AND ENEMY ALIKE…….” He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem”

By: Fr. Félix LÓPEZ SHM
(Alcalá de Henares, Spain)

 

Homily for Tuesday September 28 2021

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9,51-56.

Today the Gospel offers us two main points for personal reflection. In the first place, it tells us that “when the days in which He was to be taken to heaven were completed, Jesus made the decision to go to Jerusalem” (Lk 9:51). The verb that Saint Luke uses means “to complete”, “to consummate”; Jesus brings to fullness the time marked by the Father to complete His salvific mission through crucifixion, death, and resurrection. Then He is going to be glorified, “taken to heaven.” Faced with this perspective, Jesus Christ “made the decision to go up to Jerusalem,” that is, the firm decision to love the Father by carrying out His redemptive will. Jesus dies on the cross saying: “It is finished” (Jn 19:30). The Lord has lived to fulfill the will of the Father, and He has maintained that attitude of faithfulness until death.

This is how we too must live even if we experience opposition or rejection, contempt or marginalization on the road to God because we are faithful to the Lord. Pope Francis says: “True progress in spiritual life does not consist in multiplying ecstasies, but in being able to persevere in difficult times. Walk, walk, walk on and if you are tired, stop a little and then start walking again; but with perseverance.”

Secondly, in the face of the Samaritans’ rejection, James and John want to call down fire from heaven (cf. Lk 9:54). The Lord rebukes them for their indiscreet zeal. We must remember God’s patience with us and be patient with our brothers on their way to God, even if they do not respond immediately to His grace. God wants all men to be saved and has given His only Son on the cross for all. God exhausts every possibility of approaching every man and waits with divine patience for the moment when every heart opens itself to His Mercy.

Fr. Félix LÓPEZ SHM
(Alcalá de Henares, Spain)

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