Homily for Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent Year A.
Theme: The Word of God
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Wednesday, March 27 2019
(Mt. 5:17-19) Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent, Day Twenty Two (22) of Lent
In today’s Gospel Jesus assured His apostles of the certainty of the fulfillment of His words. To say that even the smallest part of every letter will come to fruition is to mean that we must mark His words and watch them become flesh. God is God and what He says are true and good.
I believe all these claims are amply testified to by His passion, death, and resurrection. To see Jesus not backing out and buckling down against challenges and threats to His life amidst His proclamation of these words is enough testimony to the necessity and urgency of their fulfillment. He loved His enemies and forgave them. He healed their sickness and their souls. He was faithful to us till the end. He provided all we needed in creating a world fully sufficient with our needs and capable of providing future needs.
Unfortunately, we did not keep our part of the bargain. We were unfaithful to God. This was echoed by the prophet Jeremiah. Israel resorted to other kings, rulers, and leaders. It led to their disregard of the commandments. The trials they underwent made them doubt whether God was going to be true to His promise. It reached an all time high when they were exiled in Babylon. They felt abandoned. They remembered their ancestors who were enslaved in Egypt. But this time, it seemed forever until God, through the prophet Isaiah, told them that He had not forgotten and will never forget them. A mother may forget her child but God will never forget us.
That must be the reason why Jesus instituted the Eucharist. The Eucharist was meant to be celebrated from the rising of the sun to its setting as a continuation of that once and for all act of redemption Jesus did on the cross. It means that Jesus, in the Eucharist, continues to save those who will be born later. His death covered all people for all time. It was the reason why His name was “Emmanuel” which means “God is with us.” God meant to be with us and never let us out of His sight.
Let us strive to follow His commandments. They were the words of God meant to address our concerns in life and lead us to salvation. God’s love is expressed in those commandments. God is like a parent setting guidelines to their children not to merely restrict or control but to lead them to a happy and Holy life.