HOMILY, SATURDAY, 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A
Micah 2:1-5, Matthew 12:14-21
Some people are in the habit of romancing with evil on daily basis, because it has become their second nature. We should pray that we may not get used to evil.
According to prophet Micah in our today’s first reading, “woe to those who device wickedness and work evil upon their beds! When morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hands.”
Those who devise evil cannot escape evil. It is just a matter of time.
On a positive note, for those who have vowed to be good or who have gotten used to doing good, there is no form of human wickedness that can stop them from being true to their nature. Even, if people devise evil against them, they will continue to do that which their hearts hold for the world. Jesus remains our best example to emulate on this. We see that in him in our today’s gospel.
“At that time: the Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus, how to destroy him. Jesus aware of this, withdrew from there. And many people followed him, and he healed them all, and ordered them not to make him known.”
Though he had to take cover for safety, he did not refuse healing to those who followed him. In his lock-down mode, he was still performing signs. He would not transfer any aggression onto those who still who were still following him, because he created no room in his heart for any kind of agrression. Nothing could stop him from doing good.
Likewise, the world may mock us and project any kind of calumny against us, we must not be deterred from doing the good things which the Lord has placed in our hearts.
Dear beloved, let us journey with Jesus so that the wickedness of this world will not lead us into doing evil. Let us pray that we may get used to doing good.
O Lord! In your infinite mercy, I pray that the sceptre of the wicked will not prevail over the land allotted to the just, lest the just themselves turn their hands to evil. Do good, Lord to the good, to those who are upright of heart. But those who turn aside to crooked ways may the Lord send down with the evildoers. Peace upon Israel. Psalms 125:3-5