Homily for the sixth Sunday of the year - Year C - Lk. 6:17 & 20-26


by

Father Daniel Meynen
 
 

"Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases.


"And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: « Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. »


"« But woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. »"




Homily:


"Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases."


Jesus came into the world in order to bring the Good News of Salvation! He is the Word of the Father, he is God born of God, Light born of Light! He comes to illuminate our world with his almighty Word! He comes to proclaim to us the words of life that are in him! How then can we not go to him like the crowds coming from all around to hear him? How can we not listen with our heart to the speech of this unique and incomparable Master? He is the Doctor of doctors: to his teaching, nothing could be compared, because all that is created, all that emanates from men whom God created in his Love could never compete with this Word of Heaven! Are we preferring man's word to the Word of God? Instead, would we not say with Saint Peter: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!" (John 6:68)


"And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: « Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven ; for so their fathers did to the prophets. »"


What is the message of Jesus? Of what does it consist? Is it about the happiness that we feel when all is in accordance with our desire? If our desire is to accomplish in all things the will of God, then, yes, it is about that happiness! The beatitude announced by Jesus, this happiness which he wishes for us is that which is ours when we are totally disposed to accomplish everywhere and always the will of God. What God wants: behold what is the happiness of man on earth, before his eternal life in Heaven! It is therefore necessary that we seek to accomplish this holy will in all things; it is necessary that we apply ourselves to know this will, because it is not always manifest. If we pray to the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and from the Son by way of will, we will easily know the will of God for us. Listen to the Spirit! He speaks quietly, one can hardly hear him, because he is a Spirit. He speaks without making a sound: it is a light whisper, one hardly hears him, it is necessary to listen attentively. His voice hardly makes more noise than a drop of water that falls upon a sponge... But Mary is there to help us hear him! She is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit: she lends him a little of her human voice, so that his divine word is a little more audible...


"« But woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you, when all men speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. »"


The speech of Jesus seems to end on a false note... Would men not wish to accomplish the will of God? Is Heaven nothing for them? Would men live only for the happiness of this world? Yes, alas, it is true... There are some men, some women who don't want the happiness of Heaven... Jesus did die for all men, for all women, but all won't be saved. The words of Jesus are clear on this matter. But don't be discouraged! The Lord invites us every day to come back to him: the grace of God is always there to help us to do the will of God! Mary is always there to help us in our difficulties. Let us ask her for her help, appeal to her every day of our life! And on this day, let us go toward Jesus in the Eucharist: let us receive him with devotion so that he gives us all his strength in order for us to accomplish his holy will!



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