THEME: My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20 2022
Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, and Paul Chong Hasang, and their Companions, Martyrs
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today we hear how the Lord honours and blesses the just and the righteous ones, all those who have obeyed His will, followed His ways and dedicated themselves to His cause by their real actions and works, instead of just merely paying lip service or making profession of faith. And yet in our way of life and actions, we are often full of actions that are contrary to God’s teachings and truth, as we often follow the whim of our desires, our pride and ego, the norms and ways of this world among others.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
The sense we get from today’s gospel reading is that Jesus is distancing himself from his family of origin. His mother and brothers were outside the house in which he was present; they had been looking for him and, now, they wanted to see him. However, when word of their presence gets to Jesus, he does not go out to them in response to their desire. Rather, he redefines who his family now are. His new family are those who hear the word of God and keep it.
Dear brethrens, two days ago i shared with you about the parable of the sower, in which the seeds that fell on good soil was identified as those who hear the word of God and keep it in thier honest and good hearts, and bear fruits of the Holy Spirit. It is such people who now constitute Jesus’ true family. His mother and the other members of his blood family can become part of this new family to the extent that they too hear the word of God and keep it.
We too today are members of the new family Jesus came to form in so far as we allow God’s word, as spoken by Jesus, to shape our lives. This is the work and journey of a lifetime. As long as we are faithful to this journey, in spite of our weaknesses, we too will be considered brothers and sisters of Jesus, sons and daughters of God.
The Lord be with You!