Homily for Friday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: A prophet is not without honour except in his own country
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Friday August 2 2019
(Mt. 13:54-58) Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, we again have the time when Jesus went back to His native place after preaching and doing miracles in the nearby towns. His townsfolk were amaze at what He had said and done. However, they could not believe Him because of their knowledge of who He was and His families, where He lives, and what was their livelihood. Thus, He told them how difficult it was to prophesy in ones own native place.
Priests, preachers, and ministers understand this well. As soon as they enter their ministry, they are immediately subject to scrutiny and criticism. Knowledge maybe an advantage and a burden. An advantage when it is good. A burden when it taints. Usually, the taint is given emphasis, thus making it more of a burden than an advantage. Jesus knows it. It was sad that even his own people failed in the test. Was it jealousy? Was it sincere doubt and disbelief? Was it just being honest? Or was it just plain ignorance?
As far as Jesus was concerned, it was more of lack of faith. That was the reason why He was not able to make miracles there. Gods’ grace, given freely, must combine with faith to produce fruits and miracles. Without faith, Gods’ grace cannot be useful to us.
Was it St. Augustine who said that God may have created us without our consent but He will not save us without our consent. God needs our cooperation. We need to want to be saved. That need is best exemplified by our faith in God. Miracles happen when God’s grace and our faith meet. That is always evident in all the miracles done by JESUS. Have faith. Have grace. Have miracles.