Homily (Reflection) for the Memorial of Saint John Mary Vianney, P., (04th August, 2017) on the Gospel and the Memorial
(Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (I))
Ps 80:3-6.10-11. (R. v. 2);
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, John Mary Vianney (May 8, 1786 – August 4, 1859) was born in Dardilly, France. He was raised in a Catholic home and the family often helped the poor and housed St. Benedict Joseph Labre when he made his pilgrimage to Rome. It was very difficult for him to comprehend Latin lectures. He was eventually ordained a deacon in June 1815 and a priest on August 12, 1815. Fr. Vianney was appointed parish priest of the Ars parish in 1818. He spent 11 to 12 hours at confession during winter and about 16 hours during summer. He refused to retire. By 1853, Fr. Vianney had attempted to run away from Ars four times to become a monk. He was the champion of the poor. On October 3, 1873, Pope Pius IX proclaimed him “Venerable” and on January 8, 1905, Pope Pius X beatified him. St. John Vianney was canonized on May 31, 1925.
Topic: What is the difference?
Today’s gospel records Jesus’ visit to His hometown. He taught in their synagogue. Although they were astounded, but they had a problem,
Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?
Wait a minute. Assuming all these were true, did any prevent Jesus’ townsmen from accepting Him? However, they did not really know Him, cf. Jn 8:14. They only deprived themselves and others of the miracles Jesus would have performed among them. Hence, the concluding verse reads, “And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.”
What the people thought they knew about Jesus neither made His power original nor fake. We must be careful lest we suffer the same or even worse fate. Saint John Mary Vianney had very difficult seminary training yet the authorities saw beyond his inability to comprehend Latin lectures. He turned out to be a veritable instrument in the hand of the Lord of the vineyard. We must be careful how we condemn other people and things lest we destroy what we cannot build. Again, do not be discouraged because you are not appreciated but always focus on God lest you slip away.
Bible Reading: Lk 9:1-9.
Thought for today: Never reject before confirming it to be a curse.
Let us pray: Lord, help us see your blessings packaged in others – Amen.
Saint John Mary Vianney – Pray for us.
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