Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (17th July, 2021) on the Gospel
(B.V.M. on Saturday, Opt. Mem)
Ps 135:1.10-15.23-24. (R. v.1);
In today’s gospel, Jesus withdrew as a result of the Pharisees’ conspiracy. The immediate cause was their anger that Jesus’ disciples plucked and ate heads of grain on a sabbath which they complained against in yesterday’s gospel. As if that was not enough, Jesus entered their synagogue that same sabbath and cured a man with a withered hand, cf. Matt 12:9-13.
The gospel goes on to establish that all happened to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah, cf. Is 42:1-4. Again, many crowds followed Him and He cured all of them but ordered them not to make Him known. All these notwithstanding, the conspiracy must have deprived those who could not walk, those who could not go against the Pharisees, even the Pharisees themselves, among others of Jesus. It also caused those who followed Jesus unnecessary stress.
Conspiracy is everybody’s enemy (persona non grata) not excluding the conspirators. It is an evil wind that blows nobody any good. Many have suffered untold hardships even loss of lives as a result of this enemy.
Dear friends, do not conspire against anybody for whatever reason. It has very far reaching damaging effects. No one can say for sure to what extent it will go nor assures the safety of anybody even that of conspirators. Many Jews never saw Jesus better than just one of them, cf. Matt 13:55-56; Mk 6:3; Jn 5:18. In the same vein, the person you conspire against today might be God-sent messiah. God chooses what is weak to shame the strong, cf. 1Cor 1:27.
Bible Reading: Ps 23.
Thought for today: Conspiracy is not anybody’s friend.
Let us pray: Lord, help us not to conspire against anybody nor let conspiracy rob us of doing any good work – Amen.
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