Homily for Monday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Power in the Word of God
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Monday September 30 2019
(Lk. 9:46-50) Monday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus lectures the disciples about greatness. He said that greatness begins with the acceptance of children which leads to the acceptance of Jesus and then to the acceptance of the Father. The acceptance may come through the enlightenment of the Word of God. Jesus saw children as reminders of humility. They depend on their parents. They know they are helpless with their parents. In the same way, we ought to place ourselves before God as children place themselves before their parents. And we know how important are the words of parents to their children. In the same way, again, the Word of God is important to us.
The Word of God is our way to God. Unlike human words, His words come alive and reach the depth of our feelings. He knew how to speak to us. Jesus is the Word of God becoming flesh. In Jesus God’s promise of salvation was fulfilled. Jesus showed to us the God who is true and faithful.
St. Jerome was fascinated by the Scriptures, the written Word of God. He knew that it is vital to understand correctly and know the meaning and message of God’s Word. Inspired by the Spirit, he patiently and lovingly studied and published a thorough, extensive, and reliable exegesis and explanation of the Scriptures. He is the patron of archeologists, archivists, librarians, translators, and students. He made use of his scholarship for the greater glory of God.
Even up to now, after Jesus has resurrected, we still behave like the Jews. Our regard and reception of Jesus, the Word of God, is wanting. At mass, how attentive are we in listening to the proclamation of the Word? Why is it that we tend to listen more to others like people we idolize, admire, or like? When important persons like the president, the pope, or movie star comes and speak, we see to it that we are present and near. We even absent ourselves from other commitments and look forward to the day. Do we have the same interest in and anticipation of the Lord? What more do we need? More miracles? More words? Like what Abraham said to the rich man, even if the dead who had risen will visit us, if we do not believe in Scriptures, we will still be where we are in our faith. Let us open our hearts to God’s Word. Let us invite the Spirit to enlighten and invigorate us.
Pray for us!