Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II) (18th January, 2016) on the Gospel


1Sam 15:16-23;
Ps 49:8-9.16-17.21.23 (R. v.23)
Mk 2:18-22.

Topic: Finding others’ faults.
In today’s gospel, people came to Jesus and put this question to Him: “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” (Mk 2:18). In sum Jesus told them that it was not time for His disciples to fast.

The people expected the disciples of Jesus to fast just as those of John the Baptist’s and the Pharisees were doing. They would have made John, the Pharisees, and Jesus to be synonymous first, cf. Mk 2:21-22.

In our everyday lives many spend the greater part of their lives either living other people’s lives or trying to make others live as they want. Others spend time looking for those who do not live as they should.

The more one focuses on others’ faults the more he or she forgets about his or her own faults which might be more than the one/s he/she finds in others, cf. Matt 7:3-5. We are to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers but we must first keep ourselves to be able to keep others.

Bible Reading: Matt 7:1-5.

Thought for today: Focus on correcting yourself first.

Let us pray: Lord, help us in our struggle to be better – Amen.

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