Homily for Monday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Practice what you preach
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Monday August 26 2019
(Mt. 23:13-22) Monday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus gives a lesson on the leaven of the Pharisees. They were guilty of saying one thing but doing another. They failed to teach what they preached. Thus, their credibility suffered before the Jews much more to Jesus.
The Gospels were accounts of what the evangelists saw and heard from Jesus. Not everything Jesus said and done were captured and written. But they were enough for us to have a grasp of Jesus person and teaching, and to attain salvation. There are times when we will be disturbed with what Jesus said and what were written by the Gospel writers. We cannot reject them. They are part of Jesus’ whole teaching. Either we accept everything or we cannot hold on to one thing.
Jesus cited a lot of the hypocrisies of the religious leaders of His time. They were so graphic that the people easily understood Him and the guilty religious leaders were embarrassed. it was part of the reason why they plotted and succeeded to kill Him. Jesus paid dearly for His expositions on them. But, for Jesus, there is nothing He would not do for our salvation.
The hypocrisy continues even today. The sad part is that it is being participated in mostly by Catholics. One leader courageously broadcasted it knowing that it is true. Many of us were hurt. Many of us were angry. But it is true. Jesus wanted a response from the scribes and the Pharisees. We also need to respond to this government leader. We make use of the criticism to change. We need to stop saying one thing and doing another or vice versa. We ought to mean what we say and say what we mean. Authenticity is a mark of a good Christian. And if we are to learn from the Gospel yesterday, we cease from being evildoers by being hypocrites. That way, God will recognize us and He will open the door of the Kingdom and welcome us His children.