Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (23rd July, 2019) on the Gospel
Ex 15:8-10.12.17. (R. v.1);
Topic: Equal opportunities.
Jesus was still speaking when He was informed, “Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied,
‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ And pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’
This is not a disregard for His mother and relatives (brothers), cf. Matt 15:4. It is rather a strong warning for all who might brag themselves as possessing tickets to heaven based on their religion, denominations, religious groups, and so on. Again, one’s love for God must be above his/her love for every other thing, cf. Matt 10:37.
Jesus teaches, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6). Whoever wants to see God must follow Christ. Adherence to Christ’s teaching is the only assured edge anybody can have over others, cf. Jn 15:14. And it is open to everybody, cf. Jn 10:16. God shows no partiality to anyone, cf. Job 34:19; Rom 2:11; Gal 2:6; Eph 6:9; Col 3:25. We all have equal opportunities to make heaven or hell.
Bible Reading: Rom 2:1-16; Jas 1:19-27.
Thought for today: Jesus is the Way (Jn 14:6).
Let us pray: Lord, we need your grace to follow your ways as your Son taught us – Amen.
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