Tuesday of 27th Week of Ordinary C

At the Feet of the Lord Jesus

At the feet of the Lord Jesus, listening to him is what he reminds Martha, and perhaps, to each and every one of us to spend time at his feet to listen. The question is: What does it mean to be at the feet of Jesus and listening to him? What benefit to be at the feet of Jesus?

To answer these questions, let’s us dive into some stories that Saint Luke reported in his writing. A sinful woman in a city who learned that Jesus was at a table in the house of a Pharisee. She brought a bottle of oil, and “She stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears” (7:38). This gesture of kneeling at the feet of Jesus is to show her acknowledgement of her sinful life and wanting to repent.

This coming weekend’s Gospel of Luke reports one of the ten lepers was healed from his leprosy came back to thank the Lord Jesus, Saint Luke reported, “He fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan” (Lk 17:16). This gesture at the feet of Jesus is a thankful gesture and grateful.

In chapter eight of the Gospel of Luke, we are told two other stories. One is a daughter of a man named Jairus, an official of the synagogue, “fell at the feet of Jesus and begged him to come to his house, because he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying” (Lk 8:41-42). This gesture at the feet of Jesus is to ask or to pray. Most of us can relate to this gesture since we often ask or pray to God either for ourselves or for others.

Another story in this same chapter is a story of a man possessed by demons and lived among the tombs. “When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him; in a loud voice he shouted, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me!’” (Lk 8: 28). This gesture at the feet of Jesus is the acknowledgement of his possession by demons and asked to follow the Lord Jesus after he sent demons into the swine, and the herd rushed and drowned into the lake.

Have you and I ever at the feet of the Lord Jesus? If yes, what have we done when we were at the feet of the Lord? Mary was at the feet of Jesus to listen to him, what have you and I been at the feet of Jesus for? Have you and I ever seen ourselves as a sinful woman, one of the ten lepers got healed from his leprosy, a man possessed by demons, or the synagogue official?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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