Friday of 14th Week of Ordinary Time C

Sensitive, Meek and Humble to Others’ Needs

“Son, do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked his youngest employee. “Yes, Sir,” the boy replied. “Well, good” said the boss with a scowl. “Because just after you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.” The young man wasn’t truthful to himself and to his boss.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus both promises and warns those who follow him when he said to his apostles, “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves… it will not be you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” This is the word of warning for those who follows Christ. There will be dangers and persecution. In this warning, the disciples of Jesus reminded to be wised like a serpent, and meek and humble like a dove. How are we going to become shrewd as a serpent and simple as a dove?

It is not the word of warning, but also the word of promise. The Holy Spirit will guide and will lead those who follow Christ what to say and how to do ministry. In saying and doing ministry, the disciples of Jesus invite to be shrewd like a serpent and simple like a dove. How? A holy saint once said that the serpent, when it moves, it always raises his head to look around. If there is danger coming to him, he would run away from it. The disciples of Jesus are invited to be aware of the surrounding. How? It is, perhaps, through the life of prayer. The disciples of Jesus are also invited to be meek and humble of heart like a dove. They are invited to acknowledge the need for God and for one another in ministry. This is one of the reasons why he sent his disciples two by two so to lean on one another and to depend on one another.

Through the virtues of our baptism, we are all called to be priest, prophet and king. Have you and I ever lived our baptismal call? Have we been shrew like a serpent and simple like a dove? How would we become sensitive, meek and humble to others, especially to those who are in need?


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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