Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (30th October, 2017) on the Gospel
Ps 67:2.4.6-7.20-21. (R. v.21);
Topic: Setting priorities.
Jesus called a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years, and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” Immediately He laid His hands on her, she stood straight and praised God. The leader of the synagogue angrily told the crowd not to come on the Sabbaths for healing. However, Jesus replied,
You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham who Satan bound for eighteen years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day? (Lk 13:15-16).
Jesus’ opponents never set their priorities right. Their animals are placed higher than the owners of the animals. Hence, His response put all His opponents to shame and the entire crowd rejoiced.
This is not different to what many do today. Sometimes, we accord more importance to one property or another than human beings. Compare the way we take care of for instance our cars to how we take care of others. Sometimes, we even neglect ourselves.
We must set our priorities right. Not even the whole world can be compared to a person, cf. Matt 16:26; Mk 8:36; Lk 9:25.
Bible Readings: Lk 9:23-27.
Thought for today: Life is superior.
Let us pray: May God help us to set priorities right – Amen.
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