Homily for Thursday after Epiphany Year A
Theme: The Mission of Jesus
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Thursday January 9 2020
In today’s Gospel, we have Jesus given the privilege of reading the the Scriptures in the synagouge in front of the congregation. Reading the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah, He stunned the congregation by claiming the fulfillment of the prophecy right there and there. Just like what we have been saying, the Jews have their idea of a Messiah. It was hard for them to accept Jesus, from the notorious town of Nazareth and a son of the carpenter will be the Messiah. Yet Jesus had to tell them the truth or at least warn them about Him. But true to The prophecy and His claim, the blind will see, captives and oppressed will be free and jubilee is at hand.
After this incident, Jesus had been marked. But He will not be stopped from His mission. The challenge is with the Jewish authorities. For three years, Jesus gave them all the chances through His words and deeds. But we know the story. Their close-mindedness and hardness of heart prevented them from recognizing Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus’ unacceptable background and their misdirected pride led to the diabolical plan of killing Him.
The lesson is clear. Openness of mind and heart are necessary to know and understand God’s revelations. While Traditions and doctrines are recognized as canonical and time tested, the richness and depth of the mysteries of faith can never be exhausted. While the fullness of revelation had been made in Jesus Christ, those revelations still find a way to be incarnated in our present context and history. Such is what the recent Synod on families tried to accomplish. Times change. Expressions of the truths of the faith must adapt.
A balance between tradition and modernity, past and present, doctrines and science, modern ethics and morals, and experience and laws should always be aimed. The old can learn and be verified by the new. The new can find foundation and proceed from the old.