Homily for Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: Live the word
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Thursday June 25 2020
(Mt. 7:21-29) Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus told His disciples that words are not enough to be a good Christian. Words, no matter how beautiful, faithful, and noble, must be lived. It is in the living of the word that one imbibes the strength promised by the word of God. Words, when meant, become action. God is a perfect example of it. In fact, once God speaks, it becomes a reality. The beginning of the book of Genesis showed that. As God speaks, creation follows.
Words may just be symbolized by letters but they, when meant and comes from the heart, try to capsulize the longings of the heart. In other words, when we mean what we say and say what we mean, words and action becomes one. That unleashes our formation and development in life. Empty words are more a creation of the mind and usually unconnected from the heart.
In life, specially with salvation, words are not enough. No matter how loud, often, and sincere sounding we are with our words, when they remain words, they are like houses built on sand, according to the Lord. With a little shake and wind, they shatter and are blown away. So are our faith and relationship with God. With little temptations of riches, power, or fame, we immediately compromise our faith in God. It would be a big mistake to believe that after saying our prayers or uttering our praises and loyalty, we have done enough or God is satisfied. We must not forget that, ultimately, our words are judgments of ourselves. When they serve as ends, they amount to nothing. But when they come into fruition, they strengthen us and make us perfect witnesses of God.