Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Third Week of Lent (29th February, 2016) on the Gospel
2Kgs 5:1-15;Pss 41:2-3; 42:3-4 (R.Ps 41:3);
Topic: Although it hurts.
In today’s gospel, Jesus told His kinsmen who had begun to look down on Him because of His background that they never received any of the prophets sent to them well. The time of Elijah and that of Elisha were used as examples. This irritated them that they dragged Jesus out of their town and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built intending to hurl Him off the cliff. They could not even wait to go through the normal process of condemning someone in Israel. Or could it be they wanted Him to live and yet intended to throw Him off the cliff?
Often we find ourselves in similar situations to the one in today’s gospel. Although truth hurts but what do we do?
Jesus speaking of Himself says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6). And the sum of God’s word is truth, cf. Ps 119:160. And again the knowledge of truth makes one free, cf. Jn 8:32. Going by these and many more, although truth hurts but we should not move against it. To go against it is to go against Jesus Christ, to throw away God’s word, and to remain in bondage. Hence the book of Proverbs rightly begs, “Buy truth, and do not sell it” (Prov 23:23). Let us therefore ask God to always lead us in His truth, cf. Ps 25:5.
Bible Reading: Jn 8:31-38.
Thought for today: Standing for truth is standing for God.
Let us pray: God, lead us always in your truth – Amen.
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