Homily for Tuesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The Purity of the heart
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Tuesday August 27 2019
(Mt. 23:23-26) Tuesday of the Twenty First Week in Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Monica
In todays’ Gospel Jesus confronts the Pharisees of their attitude and witnessing to the faith. He cited their tendency to be more concerned of what are outside rather than inside. Their ways had been about preserving the cleanliness of what are seen but fails to do the same for the unseen. The purity of the heart should not be neglected together with the purity of what are seen.
At times we regard God as a fellow human being whose sights and powers are limited. While we are able to deceive our neighbours at times by showing off, we can not do so with God. God sees our hearts. God knows what are in our minds. We may be able to make our neighbours believe who we are and what we intend base on what we show outside. But that will fail before God who knows us inside and out. We cannot but be authentic before God.
A mother’s love is a good example of authentic loving. With regards to her children, what are in her heart will find their way to her children’s heart in words and actions. St. Monica never doubted God’s mercy and compassion. She fervently prayed for her wayward son, Augustine. She showed her love to her son in prayer and in loving him. She never abandoned her son. She let him feel her love and her compassion. One day, God hears her prayers. Augustine responded with repentance. He did not stop there. Learning from her mother’s faith, he pursued the Lord. And the rest is history. He became one of the Catholic Church’s greatest saint. He is every sinner’s inspiration. The love of her mother which he experienced, was God’s love in action that no sinner could resist. Of course, St. Monica’s faith saw them through.
Faith is a serious act connected with love. It is, in fact, a way of life, and a way of loving. If we live it just to satisfy the expectations of our neighbor, we fail to live our full potential. Faith is not a game or something which is optional. It is necessary for living and dying. It is constitutive of salvation. Let us take care not to live it merely for show. Rather, let us live it as authentic and committed as possible.