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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 27, 2008 Year: A
Is. 9:1-4; 1 Cor. 1:10-3, 17-8; Mt. 4:12-23
The Good News of the Kingdom
"There will be no gloom for those who were in
anguish. In the former time the Lord brought into
contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of
the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great
light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness - on
them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as
with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing
"For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their
shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken
as on the day of Midian." [Is. 9:1-4]
"I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in
agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but
that you be united in the same mind and the same
For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that
there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.
What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to
Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas,"
or "I belong to Christ."
Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or
were you baptized in the name of Paul?
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim
the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom so that the
cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is
the power of God." [1 Cor. 1:10-3, 17-8]
"When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he
withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home
in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and
Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the
prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "Land of Zebulun,
land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the
Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles - the people who sat in
darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat
in the region and shadow of death light has dawned."
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, "Repent, for the
kingdom of heaven has come near."
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother,
casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And
he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers
of people." Immediately they left their nets and
As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James
son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with
their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called
them. Immediately they left the boat and their father,
and followed him.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom
and curing every disease and every sickness among the
people." [Mt. 4:12-23]
"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching
in the synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the
kingdom" [Mt. 4:23] "the people saw a great light." [Is.
have a radio that no matter how you turn the knob picks
up only one station. You have no control over the
volume. At times the sound is barely audible, at others,
it is so loud that It almost shatters your eardrums.
Moreover it is impossible to turn it off: at times it
will be slow: It will suddenly begin to blare away when
you want to rest and sleep. Who would put up with this
kind of performance in a radio? And yet when your heart
behaves in this kind of crazy fashion you not only put
up with It but even call It normal and human.
of the numerous times you were tossed about by your
emotions, that you have suffered the pangs of anger
depression, anxiety, when in every instance It was
because your heart became set on getting something that
you did not have, or on holding on to something that you
had, or on avoiding something that you did not want. You
were in love and you felt rejected or jealous: suddenly
all your mind and heart became focussed on this one
thing, and the banquet of life turned to ashes in your
mouth. You were bent on winning an election and in the
din of battle it was impossible to hear the songs of
birds: your ambition drowned out every other sound. You
were faced with the possibility of a serious illness, or
the loss of a loved one and you found it impossible to
concentrate on anything.
it briefly, the moment you pick up an attachment, the
functioning of this lovely apparatus called the human
heart is destroyed. If you want to repair your radio,
you must study radio mechanics. If you want to reform
your heart, you must give serious, prolonged thought to
four liberating truths. But first choose some attachment
that troubles you, something that you are clinging to or
something that you dread, or something you are craving
for, and keep this attachment in mind as you listen to
these truths. The first truth: You must choose
between your attachment and happiness. You cannot have
both. The moment you pick up an attachment, your heart
is thrown out of kilter and your ability to lead a
Joyful carefree serene life is destroyed. See how true
this is when applied to the attachment that you have
second truth: Where did your attachment come from?
You were not born with It. It sprang from a lie that
your society and your culture have told you, or a lie
that you have told yourself, namely, that without this
or the other, without this person or the other, you
can't be happy. Just open your eyes and see how false
this is. There are hundreds of persons who are perfectly
happy without this thing or person or situation that you
crave for and that you have convinced yourself you
cannot live without. So make your choice: Do you want
your attachment, or your freedom and happiness.
third truth: If you wish to be fully alive you must
develop a sense of perspective. Life is infinitely
greater than this trifle your heart is attached to and
which you have given the power to so upset you. Trifle,
yes because if you live long enough a day will easily
come when it will cease to matter. It will not even be
remembered — your own experience will confirm this. Just
as today you barely remember, are no longer the least
bit affected by those tremendous trifles that so
disturbed you in the past.
the fourth truth brings you to the unavoidable
conclusion, that no thing or person outside of you has
the power to make you happy or unhappy. Whether you are
aware of it or not it is you and only you, who decide to
be happy or unhappy, whether you will cling to your
attachment or not in any given situation.
ponder these truths you may become aware that your heart
is resisting them or argues against them and refuses to
look at them. That is a sign that you have not yet
suffered enough at the hand of your attachments to
really want to do something about your spiritual radio.
Or your heart may place no resistance to these truths:
If that is so, rejoice. Repentance, the refashioning of
the heart has begun and the kingdom of God — the
gratefully carefree life of children — has come within
your grasp at last and you are about to reach out and
take possession of it.
As St. Paul said, "For the message about
the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but
to us who are being saved it is the power of God." [1
Cor. 1:18] On this subject, St. Thomas Aquinas commented
that men are accustomed to regard as foolishness
whatever surpasses their understanding. Is this what is
happening when one prefers sensations versus hearing the
Word of God that is being preached? The grace of God
does not flow through sensations. But it does flow
through the preaching of the Holy Scriptures.
"Jesus traveled throughout Galilee,
teaching in the synagogues and proclaiming the good news
of the kingdom and curing every disease and every
sickness among the people." [Mt. 4:23] Equally today,
the Word of God, the promoting of the Good News of the
Kingdom of Heaven, heals all kinds of ills. The Word of
God transforms the hearts so victims may forgive their
transgressors, those who have physically abused them,
those who have sexually abused them and those who have
psychologically abuse them.
New book from Fr. Rudy :
Short review of the book: This book is an out come of a
serious exegetical study on the important words and
texts from the writings of St John of the Cross. The
study deals with a short life and writings of the mystic
and then does a complete study on GOD, MAN and WAYS to
EXPERIENCE GOD. The book is available at: St. Joseph
Church, Near Holy Cross Convent School, Mira Road East,
Thane Dt. Maharashtra State - 401 107, India. Books can
be ordered through email:
The cost of the book is Rs.
125/- pp.xviii + 234, The Title of the Book is: THE
DYNAMISM OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH - An Exegetical Study on
St. John of the Cross, author: Dr. Rudolf V. D' Souza,
OCD, MA. PhD.
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