Homily for Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Year II
Theme: ARE WE PART OF JESUS’ WORLD?
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Wednesday January 22 2020
READINGS: 1SAMUEL 17:32-33.37.40-51, PSALM 144, MARK 3:1-6
Jesus Christ came to establish what I call a ‘New World Order’ where life is sacred and must be saved. He came to establish a New World Order where our disposition is the only requisite needful for our saving. Of course in this New World of Christ, might, size, experience doesn’t really count. STANDING WITH GOD however counts more. He came to pitch ‘Davids’ (humble but faithful servants of God) against ‘Goliaths’ (proud and arrogant men). He came to deliver his children, the many ‘Davids’ that are faithful to his Father from the seemingly indomitable power of the many ‘Goliaths’ around. He came to establish a New World Order wherein the preying Philistines of our times: insurgents, terrorist groups, evil leaders, corrupt cabals would be destroyed. Indeed, he came to initiate an order where the little ones, the innocent, the poor (symbolized by David) would count for something too.
Yes! He came with a spirit of revolution geared towards liberating man from the clasp of the unconscionable law. He set out therefore not to break the law per se, but to make sure that the spirit of the law which necessarily works for the good of man was enhanced. For him; man, the image of God on earth should not be a slave to the law. He saves a man with paralysis of the hand in the Synagogue on a Sabbath (Mk. 3:5) thereby breaking the Sabbath law. We may not that all work was forbidden on a Sabbath, healing too. For the orthodox Jew, medical attention could only be given to those in real danger of death on a Sabbath. To take some examples – a woman in childbirth, an infection of the throat, if a wall fell on people, it could be cleared and those alive would be saved but the dead would be left there till next day. In fact, no traditional Jew defended himself (in time of danger) on a Sabbath. To the Pharisees, religion was ritual – obeying certain rules and regulations. To Jesus, religion means service.
Christ desires that we stop at nothing in our bid to save a life even if it means breaking the law. We surely cannot afford to bypass an accident victim and go off to Church for Mass; that would be preposterous or risible a thing to do. For Jesus, we don’t merit the name ‘Christian’ if we cannot put ourselves out to do anything for anyone. Surely, we can’t say we are Christian enough if we are not sympathetic, not caring, never mindful of the plight of others, not sacrificial. Christianity eludes us when we are serene in our rigid orthodoxy, when we are not swayed by the needs of our brethren, and when we are deaf to the cries of the helpless and blind to the tears of the world. To Jesus therefore, true religion is simply love of God and love for man. Ritual is irrelevant compared with love in action. To him again, the most important thing in the world is not our correct performance of religious practices; it is the spontaneous response we give to the cry of human need.May we all follow Jesus’ New World Order and may David’s God help us fight every Goliath and Philistine in our lives through Christ our Lord…
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