Monday of 2nd Week of OT A

Observing the Word of God in Actions

In the first century, the Israelites strictly observed the fast and prayer because they believed that the Messiah would come soon. Jesus recognized himself as the Messiah who already came, but they rejected him because he was born in a manger and not in the palace. Since he recognized himself as the Messiah, he didn’t observe strictly the fast that created more tension to those Pharisees whom already had prejudice towards Jesus because of jealousy and envy. Since Jesus and his disciples didn’t observe the fast like the Pharisees and others, they and the disciples of John came to question him saying, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” To this, Jesus responded saying, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.” With all the strict laws that they strictly observed and prayed often, how comes their actions were portrayed different such as envious and jealous to the point of crucifying Jesus on the cross with other criminals while he didn’t commit any criminal act?

Story told that there was a man who had a dream in his sleep. Another man in his dream with a knife on his hand chased him and tried to kill him. This man also cursed him badly while chasing him to kill him. He suddenly woke up from his dream and couldn’t go back to sleep. He came and told his friend that in his seventy years, nobody would curse him and tried to kill him. Next morning, he decided to go to look for the man who cursed him and tried to kill him in his dream. After five days of searching, he couldn’t find the one who cursed and tried to kill him in his dream. He went home angry, couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, and he finally died.

Angry upon angry can only fill our heart, our mind, and our soul with angry. Frustration upon frustration can only add frustration in our heart, our mind, and our soul. Resentment upon resentment can only result with resentment in our mind, our heart, and our soul. However, learn to accept our weaknesses and limitations as human being, hopefully we will be able to observe the Word of God, the teaching of the Lord Jesus not only in words but also in deeds as well. Decision is always ours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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