Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Third Week of Advent (12th December, 2016) on the Gospel

Num 24:2-7.15-17;
Ps 24:4-9. (R.v.4);
Matt 21:23-27.
Topic: Be open to the 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.
The reaction of the chief priests and the elders of the people shows that they were not out for the truth. And Jesus said in the gospel according to Saint John, “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 sum of God’s word is truth, cf. Ps 119:160. And the book of Proverbs exhorts us, “Buy truth, and do not sell it” (Prov 23:23a). Jesus prayed for His disciples partly in these words, “Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth” (Jn ia 17:17). And through the prophet Zechariah, God exhorts us to speak the truth to one another, to render judgments that are true and to make for peace, cf. Zech 8:16.
We must therefore be for the truth always. However, oppositions and persecutions will surely come. Again, we must also not oppose or try to suppress the truth even when our stand or comfort is threatened.
Bible Reading: Matt 10:16-25.
Thought for today: We are called to witness to the truth, cf. Jn 18:37.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to be for truth always – Amen.

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