Saturday of the 25th Week of the Year

Luke 9:43-45

The Second Prediction of the Passion

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

In our gospel today the disciples were likewise resistant to suffering. They enjoyed being with Jesus, the charismatic preacher, the wonder-worker. They felt triumphant ,thinking that the Messiah, who would liberate them from the oppressive Romans, had finally come in the person of Jesus. Unfortunately, Jesus revealed to them a disappointing message: His mission was to go up to Jerusalem “to be handed over to men,” to die on the cross. But the disciples did not listen to him; much less, understand him. Jerusalem, which meant, rejection, humiliation, failure, pain, was nonsense for them. Jesus, on the other hand, was single-minded in pursuing his goal – Jerusalem. To free us from our sins by dying on the cross was what he came for. And he was faithful to the end! Thus, the cross, a symbol of human cruelty, became a symbol of God’s immeasurable love; the symbol of despair and condemnation turned into a symbol of hope and redemption.

Crosses are part of life. What is God inviting me to be/do today regarding the crosses that I experience in myself, within my family or in society? (Sr. Vilma Puzon, SSpS Bible Diary 2004)

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Here is a funny story from the book of Ray Zuck. A woman sued her husband for divorce. The lawyer asked, “Do you have grounds?” The woman said, “I won two hectares of land.” The lawyer asked, “Do you have a grudge?” the woman said, “I have a parking lot behind the house.” The lawyer asked, “Does your husband beat you up?” the woman said, “I’m up half-hour before he wakes up every morning.” The lawyer asked, “Why do you want a divorce? The woman said, “I can’t communicate with him.”

Definitely this was the problem of Jesus with His disciples, He could not communicate with them. In today’s gospel we read Jesus proclaiming, “The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands.” But the disciples did not understand. Witnessing to the value of humility, service and love, Jesus would discover that His disciples were arguing on who the greatest was among them.

The reason why Jesus could not communicate with His disciples was that the disciples clung to this world and its standard. What Jesus did was to invite them into His kingdom that is not of this world even if it is in this world. Jesus sees the possibility of transforming the natural world into something godlike and human. What is human is tainted with sin; without Jesus the world has to be redeemed. Jesus redeemed the world and invites it to live a new life. To allow Jesus to communicate with us, we need time to listen, to open ourselves to an adventure with him; to be humble and when needed ready to die with Him. (Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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In his meditation on Meaning, Anthony de Mello wrote the following conversation: A traveller said to one of the disciples: “I have travelled a great distance to listen to the master but I find his words quite ordinary.” “Don’t listen to his words. Listen to his message.” “How does one do that?” “Take hold of a sentence that he says. Shake it well ‘til all the words drop off. What is left will set your heart on fire.”

Perhaps the reason why the disciples in today’s gospel did not understand what Jesus was talking about is because they only listened to his words or saw his deeds but missed to discern the message. If we read the whole chapter 9 of Luke’s gospel, the disciples were astonished with what they had seen and heard. But their amazement was simply a manifestation and a reaction of something which they did not expect. They failed to see the connection between what Jesus did and who Jesus was. It took time for them to see it. The message was not actually “hidden.” Jesus himself was the message.

Understanding Jesus as the message requires constant reflection and love of the Word of God. St. Jerome, whose memorial we celebrate today, illustrated this in his own life. More than once he was tempted to give up the whole wearisome task of translating the Sacred Scriptures, but his love of the Word of God and a certain tenacity of purpose keep him at it. With him, we may say: “I threw myself in spirit at the feet of Jesus…I am not now what I then was.” – Frt. Cirilo Boloron, SVD Bible Diary 2006).

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In there a need to listen to what Jesus is saying to us?

One day, after a meeting between the Guarani (the original settlers of Missiones, Argentina and Paraguay) and a lawyer who represented the government, I asked a member of the indigenous tribe, “Why is it so difficult for you to listen to the lawyer, and so easy to pay attention and obey your kasike or elder?” He replied, “Yes, because we consider our chief, or elder, a better person, a more human and real man, whose works are full of wisdom and whose actions are genuine.”

Is there a need to pay attention to Jesus? YES. Like all the indigenous tribes who hear, listen and obey their elders, I find two reasons why we should listen and obey Jesus. First, he is the perfect person we are looking for. Second, he has the word of eternal life.

First, Like the elders who are considered as perfect models by the indigenous people, the person of Jesus possesses all the credentials we are looking for in a perfect person. As the Son of God who knows the Father more than we do, he is the Loving Father’s perfect image. He has experienced being loved by Him, the one who fulfils our deepest yearnings, the person whom we can endless trust. In him, we find real love and security, the true meaning of friendship, peace, joy, and strength in life. “If you see me, you see the Father because I and the Father are one,” (John 10:30). Indeed, in him we find that perfect love and care that can unite us and the meaning of life that we are longing for.

Second, we listen to Him because of his words. Like the tribal people who listen and obey their ancestors because of the content, wisdom and meaning of their words, so we find in Jesus’ words the truth that sets us free, the truth that gives meaning to our lives. That is why we should pay attention to what he says and discover the way to eternity. Like Peter, we must say to him, “Lord, to whom shall we go you have the words of eternal life,” (John 6:60-69).

Knowing then that he is the son of God, the image of the Father, and that his words of wisdom and truth, we should fear to listen, learn, believe and have faith in him. Jesus is the best person to relate and live with. His words contain the message we want to hear. In his person we find true fulfilment and in his words we discover the fullness of life (Fr. Romulo Laguicao, SVD Bible Diary 2015).

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September 24, 2016 Saturday

Jesus foretells his passion. For the first time, after Peter’s profession of Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus said that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, be rejected by the elders and scribes, be killed, but on the third day be raised (Lk 9,22). This fate he would suffer because he exposed the false ways of his adversaries.

He put his finger on their secret egotism. In spite of their apparent piety they did not seek God’s honour. In spite of their apparent zeal for the law, they were not truly interested in the welfare of their fellowmen. They were looking for their own glory and not God’s. With such a conduct, they could not produce good fruits. Yet the elders and scribes were not humble enough to accept Jesus’ criticism. They felt off ended in their complacency and pride. And in order to remove the reason for that provocation, they decided to kill Jesus.

Jesus knew this to be his fate. So he strove to prepare his disciples for it. But they did not understand.  They could not grasp that the Messiah should suffer and die at the hands of men. What they had heard in their synagogues was about the Messiah as a glorious king, a king like David, who would restore the national honour of Israel. Confused, they abandoned that happy vision. Yet to Jesus, they remained loyal, a quality highly appreciated. We can learn from their loyalty to Jesus even in difficulties and disappointments. A true disciple of Christ must be able to forget himself. He must leave behind ambitions of self-exaltation, popularity and admiration. We are invited to look at Jesus. He did not seek his own glory, but the glory of the Father in heaven. He made himself the servant of all. This is the way of fellowship he teaches his disciples. (Fr. Karl H. Peschke, SVD Vienna, Austria Bible Diary 2016)

rveritas-asia.org/daily-reflection/904-september-24-2016-saturday

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SATURDAY OF THE 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – LUKAS 9:43-45. Angay bang kahadlokan ang kamatuoran? Human gipanagna ni Hesus ang iyang umaabot nga pag-antos ug kamatayon, ang mga tinun-an nabalisa pag-ayo. Apan wala sila mangutana kabahin niini tungod kay nahadlok man sila. Dili nila gustong masayran ang  kamatuoran mahitungod sa umaabot nga pagpanglutos. Dili ba ingon usab kita niini. Talikdan nato ang kamatuoran. Mahadlok kitang mahibalo sa atong sakit ug tungod niini, dili kita magpadoktor. Mahadlok kitang masayod sa atong kahuyang ug tungod niini dili kita maminaw sa isulti sa uban. Ang ebanghelyo naghagit kanato sa pag-atubang sa kamatuoran. Si Hesus mismo ang nag-ingon: “Ang kamatuoran maoy maghatag kaninyo’g kaluwasan.” Pinaagi sa kamatuoran, masayran nato kon unsay angay natong buhaton o usbon sa atong kaugalingon. Posted by Abet Uy

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

SATURDAY OF THE 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 9:43-45. NGANONG ANGAY MANG ATUBANGON ANG KAMATUORAN? Human gipanagna ni Hesus ang iyang umaabot nga pag-antos ug kamatayon, ang mga tinun-an nabalisa pag-ayo. Apan wala sila mangutana kabahin niini tungod kay nahadlok man sila. Dili nila gustong dawaton ang kamatuoran mahitungod sa umaabot nga pagpanglutos. Dili ba ingon usab kita niini? Talikdan nato ang kamatuoran. Mahadlok kitang mahibalo sa atong sakit ug tungod niini, dili kita magpadoktor. Mahadlok kitang masayod sa atong kahuyang ug tungod niini dili kita maminaw sa isulti sa uban. Si Hesus nag-ingon: “The truth will set you free.” Pinaagi sa kamatuoran, ang tawo masayod kon unsay angay niyang buhaton o usbon sa kaugalingon. Sakto ang gisulat ni Pearl Bailey: “You never find yourself until you face the truth.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

SATURDAY OF THE 25TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – LUKAS 9:43-45. NGANONG ANGAY MANG ATUBANGON ANG KAMATUORAN? Human gipanagna ni Hesus ang iyang umaabot nga pag-antos ug kamatayon, ang mga tinun-an nabalisa pag-ayo. Apan wala sila mangutana kabahin niini tungod kay nahadlok man sila. Dili nila gustong dawaton ang kamatuoran mahitungod sa umaabot nga pagpanglutos. Dili ba ingon usab kita niini? Talikdan nato ang kamatuoran. Mahadlok kitang mahibalo sa atong sakit ug tungod niini, dili kita magpadoktor. Mahadlok kitang masayod sa atong kahuyang ug tungod niini dili kita maminaw sa isulti sa uban. Si Hesus nag-ingon: “The truth will set you free.” Pinaagi sa kamatuoran, ang tawo masayod kon unsay angay niyang buhaton o usbon sa kaugalingon. Adunay nag-ingon: “What you deny or ignore, you delay. What you accept and face, you conquer.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Reflection for Saturday September 27, Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest; Luke 9:43b-45 Reflection: We can’t help but wonder why the disciples were afraid to ask Jesus to elaborate His meaningful statement that He is going to be handed over to men. Did they sense that something disturbing is going to happen to Jesus soon? Were they afraid to hear something that would deal with suffering and the cross? Or the disciples were simply used to the image of Jesus as a miracle worker and healer.

Is it only for His miracles and healings that we follow Jesus? Perhaps yes, many of us are only after Jesus the miracle worker and Jesus the healer. But if we are only after His miracles and healings then this is not true discipleship.

True discipleship happen to us when we are also ready to suffer for Jesus and when we are also ready to carry our own cross for Jesus. We cannot separate Jesus from suffering because He himself brutally suffered. Thus we cannot also separate ourselves from suffering/s if we truly follow Jesus.

Nevertheless, let us not be afraid to suffer for our discipleship for Jesus because our suffering for Jesus will not be in vain. There is always something glorious after carrying our own cross for Jesus. We may not know it immediately but there surely will be glory after we endure our cross for the sake of Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2014/09/reflection-for-saturday-september-27.html

 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Reflection for September 26, Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 9:43b-45

Reflection: Do you sometimes find it difficult to understand the ways of God in your life? Everyone of us perhaps experience this kind of dilemma. For example, when you pass through severe testing in your life that may lead you to question God. Some may even say this question before Jesus: Why do I have to go through this difficulty in my life when I am faithful to you?

When we pass through this kind of stage in our lives. We simply have to remember that we are created beings of God with limited capabilities. As such our intellect is finite and limited no matter how intelligent some of us may be. We simply have to submit to the will of God and we simply have to firmly hold on to our faith in our infinite God.

Therefore when we go through some episode in our lives that may seem difficult for us to understand. Let us never be afraid to question God why do we have to go through this trial. Yet after questioning God let us firmly hold on to our faith in Him and continue to believe that He has a purpose why we’re going through this kind of trial/s. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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September 26, 2015

Saturday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a, Lk 9:43b-45

Fear Is Our Worst Enemy

We humans often get carried away by the positive and negative comments and opinions of others. When the comments are negative we get very upset and depressed. When the opinions turn out to be positive we get elevated to the ninth cloud. Thus people easily make us dance according to their tunes. Our wellbeing and happiness often depends on and are decided by those opinion makers. However, Jesus was a well grounded person. Today’s Gospel tells us how the people were amazed at the miracles and words of Jesus and how they were admiring him. The disciples too were excited and wanted to ride on those waves of appreciation enjoying the bliss and thrill of it. People who surf on waves of approval should know that those waves will not last forever. Jesus wanted to give his disciples a practical lesson on equanimity and peaceful living. He brought to their attention the tragic experiences that are waiting them in Jerusalem. But the disciples were not in a disposition to understand and get grounded.

As a result, when the tragedy struck none of them could stand up and support Jesus – neither through prayer nor by other means. The only feeble attempt was made by Peter. With a sword in his shaking hands he struck but could only manage to down the earlobe of a servant which Jesus cured immediately. In spite of not understanding the new lesson of grounding taught by Jesus, the disciples did not care to ask for any clarification from Jesus because, as we are told, they were afraid to ask him. Fear is our worst enemy. It stops us from acquiring valuable knowledge and experience. Prophet Zachariah through today’s first reading reminds us that there is nothing to be afraid of. God is surrounding us and he dwells among us. He is Emmanuel. Fearlessness will lead us to new understandings and new experiences that will eventually empower us to withstand the trials and tribulations of life.

Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

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September 24, 2016

REFLECTION:

One of the greatest pains that we can experience during our lifetime is the pain caused by a friend’s betrayal. And the pain is all the more acute that we have given that friend our full confidence and have shared with him all our secrets.

By becoming a human being Jesus exposed himself to share all our human sufferings, and he suffered this particular form of suffering which was caused by the betrayal of his friend, Judas. It is revealing, in this connection, to note how many times in the gospels Jesus refers to this betrayal of Judas, without however revealing his name. Surely, when Jesus chose Judas to be an apostle, he had no idea that Judas would turn against him. On the contrary, he saw a good deal of potential for good in Judas and opened his heart to him in total trust. Consequently, the latter’s betrayal must have caused Jesus, a man of exquisite sensitivity, a pain such as we can hardly imagine.

Jesus made himself like us in all things but sin, as the Creeds say and, like us, he suffered from a soured relationship. Let us turn to him when we suffer in like manner, for he understands us.

schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/3653-september-24-2016

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