Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (21st October, 2016) on the Gospel
Eph 4:1-6;Ps 23:1-6. (R. cf. v.6);
Topic: Settle out of court.
Today’s gospel is made up of two sections: Jesus’ teaching on interpreting the time (Lk 12:54-56), and His teaching on settling with opponents (Lk 12:57-59). However, we shall focus on the second part in this homily.
Jesus advised all of us,
...when you go with your accuser before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the case, or you may be dragged before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you in prison.
Our existence here on earth is transient. At its end, “...each of us will be accountable to God” (Rom 14:12; cf. 1Pt 4:5). Therefore, looking at this passage from the point of view of our earthly existence, we are on our way to the judge.
Many on this journey are weighed down by different burdens especially the grudges we harbour for one another. I have even heard some say that theirs will be resolved in heaven. One wonders where they really mean and how these will be resolved. However, that one considers him/herself as innocent is not a guarantee that he/she will win a case. Hence, the book of Proverbs advised us against rushing to the judge, cf. Prov 25:8-9.
Resolve every issue with your brothers and sisters. Do not keep any for the world to come. Saint Paul warned that people of this sort will not inherit the kingdom of God, cf. Gal 5:19-21. In the words of Saint Paul, “To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you” (1Cor 6:7).
Bible Reading: 1Cor 6:1-11.
Thought for today: Fight for the world to come.
Let us pray: God, help us settle every issue we have among ourselves – Amen.
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