Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (24th October, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Anthony Mary Claret, B., Opt Mem)
Eph 4:32 – 5:8;Ps 1:1-4.6. (R. cf. Eph 5:1);
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?
This response put all his opponents to shame and the entire crowd rejoiced.
Jesus’ opponents never set their priorities right. The rights of their animals are more important to them than that of the owners of the animals.
This is not foreign to what many do today. Sometimes, we accord more importance to one property or another more 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 Reading: Lk 9:23-27.
Thought for today: Life is superior.
Let us pray: May God help us to set our priorities right – Amen.
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