Homily for Tuesday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Children, precious gifts from God
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Tuesday August 13 2019
(Mt. 8:1-14) Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus elevates the child as a model to us all. Somewhat ironical because we usually tell children who to emulate. But Jesus refers to some qualities of children like obedience, humility, dependence, and simplicity. Next, He instructed His listeners not to despise children. They may not have much of experience and age, but they have much of the protection of God. Finally, to drive home Jesus’ point, He ended with stressing that each of them is precious to Him like a sheep astray to a good shepherd. The good shepherd will leave the others and search for the lost one.
This is a very relevant message specially to those who claim they love humanity specially children but promote contraception and abortion. I find it hard to reconcile some peoples’ zealous fight against violators of children yet are willing to allow the killing of babies in a mothers’ womb. They tried to ease their conscience and bring logic to their stand by legalizing at what point in the pregnancy is a fetus already human! This defies science, and not anymore faith. Some try to change the truth by legal means. This is absurd. Truth can only be changed by another truth.
As the song goes, “… the children are the future.” The next generation can only be assured if children are born. Family planning to manage population is acceptable. But radically depopulating, as it is being done now, is dangerous. In fact, government need not pass any law or encourage it. The present generation had already are already deep into voluntary contraception. Couples usually have only one child. Others have two but rarely do they have three or more. Our population rate had declined. Even if our population is increasing, soon, our country will experience the great decline. Hopefully, we have not reached the point of irreversibility!
For Jesus and to us Catholics, it is not only an issue of economics, demography, and politics. It is very much moral and spiritual. We take care of our children and the next not only for this world but for the next life.