Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time (II) (31st August, 2016) on the Gospel
1Cor 3:1-9;Ps 32:12-15.20-21. (R. v. 12);
Topic: Be purposeful.
Jesus entered Simon’s house and met his mother-in-law in high fever. He rebuked the fever and it left her. She served them. Jesus also laid His hands on each of those with different kinds of diseases that were brought to Him as the sun was setting and He cured them. Demons also left many.
In the morning, He left for a deserted place. When the crowd found Him, they wanted to stop Him from leaving but He said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.”
Considering the fact that the crowd who wanted Jesus to stay had witnessed His teaching and His miracles, His staying further would have been a harvest of praise. Yet He left them because it contradicts His mission.
God has purpose for each of us, cf. Gen 1:26. Every bit of our existence ought to be channelled towards achieving the purpose. Jesus warns, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God (Lk 9:62). Again, “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matt 10:37; cf Lk 14:26).
There are lots of things in this life that appear more attractive the real purpose. But no matter how plausible they appear to be, distraction can never become the purpose. No one should allow any to lead him/her away from the purpose in life.
Bible Reading: Lk 14:25-33. Jn 4:31-34
Thought for today: You exist for a purpose.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to ever focus on the reason for our existence – Amen.
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