Tuesday after Epiphany

Justice and Love Mirrored in the Incarnation of the Son

In one cold evening, Thomas Carlyle, writer and philosopher, was sitting in front of his fireplace to warm himself. His new pastor came to visit him. After a few exchanging words of greeting, his pastor asked: “For you, what do we need the most in our parish?” Without a blink of his eyes, Thomas responded, “What we need the most in our parish is that we know God not only in theory.”

God is not the God up there, and we are down here. The Son of God and God himself stripped off his divinity reaching down to us in our human flesh. He humbled himself to vest on himself our human shell to be born of a woman. He accepted all our human weaknesses and limitations except sins. He was born in a manger in Bethlehem on a winter night. He grew up in Jerusalem and did his ministries in the land of Israel. Because of his great love that he vested on himself our human flesh. His justice and love towards the people he loved really mirrored of his incarnation.

In today’s Gospel, Saint Mark reminds us his love towards his people when he saw a vast crowd following him in the midst of the desert at a late hour, reported in today’s Gospel, he asked his disciples to feed them. His heart went out to his people before he performed a miracle of feeding them with only five loaves of bread and two fish. What striking in his performing of miracle was he took the fish and the loaves, then “looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all.” Perhaps, he reminds us to give thanks to God for whatever we have and whoever we are, then learn to share with one another for all the blessings that we have been received. As Christians, we might not have problem to give thanks to God on our lips and in our minds, perhaps, we might do it very good out of habit. We might not have problem to share with others what we do not need, what is our extra, and what we might not want. However, have we had courage and strength to share or rather to sacrifice a little bit beyond our ability? Beyond our need?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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