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Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Third Week of Advent (16th December, 2019) on the Gospel
 
Num 24:2-7.15-17;
Ps 24:4-9 (R. v. 4);
Matt 21:23-27.

Topic: Openness to truth.
In today’s gospel, as Jesus was teaching in the temple the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him and asked: “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus gave them a condition for answering their question: “Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” After arguing among themselves they decided to pitch their tent with ignorance.
And in the gospel according to Saint John, Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him: “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:31-32). The reaction of the chief priests and the elders of the people shows that they were not seeking for the truth.
Are you really for the truth? When you see that the truth is against your stand, what do you do? Never oppose or try to suppress the truth even when you feel that your stand is threatened. Always follow the truth because where truth is there is life.
Bible Reading: Matt 10:16-2.
Thought for today: You are called to reform the world starting from where you are.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to be agents of true change wherever we are – Amen.
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
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