Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (I) (21st February, 2017) on the Gospel
(Saint Peter Damian, B.D., Opt Mem)
Sir 2:1-11;Ps 36:3-4.18-19.27-28.39-40. (R. v.5);
Topic: Contradictory priorities.
Jesus, All-knowing God, in today’s gospel foretold again of His death and resurrection because He knew how scandalous His death would be. The gospel told us that His disciples did not understand what He said and were afraid to ask Him but did not give us any reason.
Going further today’s gospel reads,
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
We see that as Jesus was telling them what was to come they were busy arguing about another thing. That is, they did not even pay attention. Jesus went further, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” And during the Last Supper it was evident that this teaching was yet to sink. Hence, Peter said no to Jesus washing his feet, cf. Jn 13:8.
Christians like the apostles are chosen by Jesus and not the contrary, cf. Jn 15:16. This selection was made out of the world, cf. Jn 15:19. Jn 17:6. And the ways of the world and God’s are against each other, cf. Gal 5:17. Although we are called to toe the part of God but often we see ourselves torn apart between the two contradictory priorities. Irrespective of the war between them, we ought to set our minds on the things of the Spirit (God) so as to receive good rewards from God who called us, cf. Rom 8:5; 1Pt 1:17; 1Cor 3:8.
Bible Reading: Mk 13:1-17; Rom 8:1-17.
Thought for today: Work for the reward you want.
Let us pray: May God Himself teach us the path to true greatness and grant us the courage to walk through it – Amen.
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