Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time (II) (B.V.M on Saturday, Opt Mem) (23rd January, 2016) on the Gospel


2Sam 1:1-4.11-;
Ps 79:2-3.5-7 (R. v.4);
Mk 3:20-21.

Topic: Sanity mistaken for Insanity.
Jesus was termed insane in today’s gospel because He and His disciples did not eat. As a result of which His relatives went out to restrain Him.

Jesus came down from heaven, not to do His own will, but the will of He who sent Him, cf. Jn 6:38. And He also said clearly, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work” (Jn 4:34). Based on this, Jesus was seen as insane because He was doing what He came to do.

Christ warns, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 7:21). And that whoever does the will of His Father in heaven is His brother, and sister, and mother, cf. Matt 12:50.

One can be Christ’s friend only by doing what He asks of us, cf. Jn 15:14. What He asks of us demands some level of radicalism, cf. Matt 10:34. Again, one must be ready for worse names than the one they gave Jesus among other things, cf. Matt 10:25. But our consolation is that the reward will be great in heaven, cf. Matt 5:12; 2Cor 4:16-18.

Bible Reading: Matt 10:34-39; Lk 9:57-62.

Thought for today: You can be seen or treated as evil because of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Lord, give us strong faith to follow you with all our hearts – Amen.

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