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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B - Fr John's Homilies

  1. Jesus walks into your office; your shop; your factory and he says to you “Come, follow me”...For a moment think what your response would be…”Come, follow me.”

 

  1. What was it about Jesus that led those first disciples to leave everything and to follow him? Jesus spoke with an authority that had integrity. As the eternal Word of God, having become flesh, the will and the act were a flawless whole. What this Word says, IS; there is no maybe; it just IS.

 

  1. This is the Word that becomes Incarnate in Jesus the Nazarene. His human integrity was flawless. Of Jesus we could say that he was truly whole, integrated; one with himself.

 

  1. Hebrews 4:12 fittingly describes the teaching of Jesus as the word of God which: is something alive and active: it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely: it can slip through the place where the soul is divided from the spirit, or joints from the marrow; it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts.

 

  1. It is only by moving closer to the integrity of God’s Word can we also become whole, become integrated so that the will and the act also become seamless. Without such integrity no one is capable of seeing and experiencing Truth.
  1. Thus the Pharisees and the Scribes could not see the Christ even through the great works that he did. The Pharisees rebelled at the truth and sought to destroy him; while the tax collectors and prostitutes welcomed him and were saved.

 

  1. Down to this day many follow the idols of illusion that they have created for themselves. As St Chrysostom affirms…One living with a divided, seared, dead conscience that is not ready for the coming of the Lord.

 

  1. Millions of people today affirm that they are Christians and yet their lives that look nothing like the Christ we are called to follow.

 

  1. They may have all the right public words and prayers, but they blaspheme by mocking Truth by their actions.

 

  1. When Jesus states that he is the TRUTH, he affirms that relationship through which we come to know not only who we are, but also the path that we are called to walk so that we may have life to the full.

 

  1. We humans are a unity of various elements including the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, and psychological. But in none of us are these elements are we perfectly integrated.

 

  1. We find intellectual giants who are emotionally crippled, or psychologically damaged individuals who are heroic saints.

 

  1. Good people, we cannot teach our children that honesty, discipline, forgiveness, or that Sunday Mass is important, if our own lives witness to the contrary. Children are very quick to spot a phoney and will judge the truth they are being taught by the integrity of the one who is teaching them.

 

  1. And what about you? Do you welcome the truth? Has it touched you and transformed your life to become an integral part of who you are; whom you have ever meant to become!! TRUTH is a person…TRUTH is Jesus the Christ.

 

  1. If you have ever fallen in love; looked into the eyes of a lover; found yourself delighted; transformed....is this who I am? This is what an encounter with the Truth brings to you.

 

  1. That is why Thomas Merton described our spiritual goal ...to know the Truth...to love the Truth you know and to act in accordance with the measure of that love.