Wednesday of 10th Week of OT

Fulfilling the Law and the Prophets

When the war between the North and the South of Vietnam was over, the whole country became one with the title “Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Independence-Freedom-Happiness.” After a thousand years under China’s ruling, a hundred years under France’s ruling and finally free from America and united the North and the South into one Independence-Freedom-Happiness country, Vietnam was independent, freedom, and happiness from other countries at last. It’s what really people yearning for. How did the government carry out what they called independence, freedom and happiness?

War was over, but many people had to fight for surviving from poverty, sickness, and even dead when they tried to escape from the country. The government made everybody poor the same by limiting how much currency that each household could possess. People became poor, but the government people became rich. There was not even small fish in the river nor rice to eat at the meal. Many people began to eat banana trunk for surviving. When they complained, they got put to jail and even lost their lives if they persisted to go against the government. There were more tears than happiness since many people lost their loved ones in the sea to escape the country. War did stop in 1975, but did people really have what’s called independence, freedom and happiness? Sharing with one another sounded awesome, but what went wrong and why did many people suffer from that independence, freedom and happiness?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” How did Jesus fulfill the law and the prophets? He fed the people when it was only two fish and five loaves of bread. He freed the prisoners and released the sinners. He healed the sick and cured the disease. He took care the widows, the abandoned children and had mercy to those who turned to him. Where there was sorrow, he brought joy; discomforted he brought comfort; and sick he brought healing. He came not to abuse the law and the prophets but to abolish the law and the prophets with his compassion and mercy.

His short three years ministry to his people really invites all of us, the whole human race, to have a compassion and mercy heart or a loving heart toward one another since this is the one and the only way to truly bring Independence, Freedom, and Happiness. Make no mistake when he condensed his teaching on laws to only two laws, or rather, two great commandments: To love God and to love one another. With the love for God and the love for one another, not only Vietnam, but the whole universe will truly celebrate the Independence, Freedom, and Happiness.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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