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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Date: June 8, 2008, Year: A
Hos 6:3-6; Rom 4:18-25; Mt 9:9-13
Healing demands repentance
'Let's us know, let us press on to know the Lord;
his appearing is as sure as the dawn;
he will come to us like the showers,
like the spring rains that water the earth.
Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel:
What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
What shall I do with you, O Judah?
Your love is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early,
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,
I have killed them by words of my mouth,
and my judgement goes forth as the light.
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offering"[Hos.
hope, Abraham believed that he would become 'the father
of many nations,' according to what was said, 'So
numerous shall your descendants be.' He did not weaken
in faith when he considered his own body, which was
already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred
years old), or when he considered the barrenness of
Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the
promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he
gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was
able to do what he had promised.
Therefore his faith 'was reckoned to him as
righteousness.' Now the words, 'it was reckoned to him,'
were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also.
It will be reckoned to us who believe in God who raised
Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to
death for our trespasses and was raised for our
"As Jesus was
walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at
the tax booth; and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he
got up and followed him.'
And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax
collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him
and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they
said to his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with
tax collectors and sinners?'
But when Jesus heard this, he said, 'Those who are well
have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go
and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not
sacrifice,' For I have come to call not the righteous
but sinners.'"[Mt. 9:9-13]
THE FASTEST WOMAN ON EARTH
Wilma Rudolph was born into poverty in the state of
Tennessee. When she was four years old she had double
pneumonia with scarlet fever, which left her paralyzed
with polio. She had to wear braces and the doctor said
that she would not be able to walk normally again. Her
mother encouraged her and said that she could do
anything she wanted if she only believed. Wilma said, “I
want to be the fastest woman on this earth.” At the age
of nine, against the advice of the doctors, she removed
the braces and took her first step. At the age of
thirteen, she took part in her first race and came way,
way last. She entered various other races and came way,
way last until one day, she came in first. At the age
of fifteen she went to Tennessee State University where
she met a coach. She told him that she wanted to become
the fastest woman on the track, on this earth.
The coach replied, “With your spirit
nobody can stop you.” In the 1960 Olympics Wilma
Rudolph, the paralytic girl, became the fastest woman on
this earth by winning three gold medals - in the 100
meter race, 200 meter race, and 400 meter relay.
Who would have believed that a paralytic
girl could have won three gold medals in the Olympics?
Wilma Rudolph did not see herself, as a cripple, but she
saw herself as a winner. She took control of her destiny
and went after her dream with a vengeance. Along the
way she had to overcome challenges and discouragements
but it was worthwhile when she collected her three gold
medals. If a crippled person like Wilma can make it big,
what more can we do with a perfect physical body.
“The past cannot be
regained, although we can learn from it; the future is
not yet ours even though we must plan for it. Time is
now. We have only today.”
Christianity is not a faith experience of
pessimism, rather it is the most positive religion we
have ever seen on this planet. When we analyze and
scrutinize the words of Christ it seems that we ought to
be happy being sinners, because he has come precisely
for us. No shame to be a sinner, because Christ suffered
death of a sinner so that all of us could partake of his
pure innocence. Nothing can stop us, neither the past
nor the future. Past might have been black and future
may be bleak. But with Christ I can do all things.
A teacher in New York decided to honor
each of her seniors in high school by telling them the
difference they each made.
Using a process developed by Helice
Bridges of Del Mar, California, she called
each student to the front of the class, one at a time.
First she told them how the student made
a difference to her and the class. Then she presented
each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold
letters which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference."
Afterwards the teacher decided to do a
class project to see what kind of impact recognition
would have on a community.
She gave each of the students three more
ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this
Then they were to follow up on the
results, see who honored whom and report back to the
class in about a week.
One of the boys in the class went to a
junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for
helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue
ribbon and put it on his shirt.
Then he gave him two extra ribbons, and
said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and
we'd like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give
them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon
so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this
acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back
to me and tell me what happened."
Later that day the junior executive went
in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as
being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and
he told him that he deeply admired him for being a
creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The
junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift
of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to
put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure."
The junior executive took the blue ribbon
and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his
heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said,
"Would you do me a favor? Would you take
this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody
else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is
doing a project in school and we want to keep this
recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects
That night the boss came home to his
14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, "The most
incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my
office and one of the junior executives came in and told
me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a
creative genius. Imagine. He thinks I'm a creative
Then he put this blue ribbon that says
"Who I Am Makes A Difference" on my jacket above my
heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find
somebody else to honor.
As I was driving home tonight, I started
thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I
thought about you. I want to honor you.
"My days are really hectic and when I
come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you.
Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough
grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but
somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well,
just let you know that you do make a difference to me.
Besides your mother, you are the most
important person in my life. You're a great kid and I
The startled boy started to sob and sob,
and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook.
He looked up at his father and said
through his tears, "I was planning on committing suicide
tomorrow, Dad, because I didn't think you loved me. Now
I don't need to".
In Our Daily Life:
We tend to become hypocrites. When someone commits a
sin, we blame, in stead of feeling compassion. We
criticize beyond limit of the sin committed. Do we
really understand the weakness of our children? Who are
to be blamed? If they have become so, who is
responsible? Teachers in the school to be blamed? Our
Politicians to be blamed? Priests? Shopkeepers? Mass
media? Or who or what else to be blamed?
Jesus came to call not the righteous but
sinners [Mt 9:13] As most of you are aware, Matthew was
a tax collector. Biblical history tells us that the
Roman taxes were collected by tax farmers, who bid for
the right to collect taxes and then extorted them to the
limit. The tax collectors were therefore not only
considered oppressors, but traitors of their own people
because they collaborated with the foreign imperial
power. Such was the position of Matthew prior to meeting
Jesus. Matthew held a position of authority that
provided him with the opportunity to inflict much
hardship on his Jewish brothers and sisters.
When Jesus sat at dinner with many tax collectors and
sinners, He was criticized by the Pharisees. Responding
to this, Jesus said, "Those who are well have no need of
a physician, but those who are sick." When a person
recognizes that he is sick, does he not seek out a
doctor? And does he not also submit himself to the
doctor's orders if he is serious about recovering?
Equally, the tax collectors and the sinners were drawn
to Jesus who is the greatest Healer of all with a
sincere desire to hear Him and obey Him in order to be
spiritually healed of their worldly ailments. As such,
it can be summarized "The faith that heals demands
From this message, it is recognized that the
self-righteous who do not recognize their illness and
will not summon the true Jesus as their Physician, nor
receive Him. They are beyond healing and redemption. No
one can approach Jesus unless one confesses that he is a
sinner. In the closing of the Gospel today, Jesus said,
"I desire mercy, not sacrifice. Love, mercy,
forgiveness, righteousness, these are spiritual
qualities that many claim to possess? But do all the
Christians who claim to possess them, actually possess
When we speak of zero tolerance regarding the sins of
others, sins that were committed 20, 30 and even 60
years ago, do we show mercy? Are we serving the best
interest of the Body of Christ, seeking the healing of
its members? Did Jesus not say, "Do not judge, so that
you may not be judged? For with the judgment you make
you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the
measure you get" [Mt 7:2].
New book from Fr. Rudy :
Short review of the book: This book is an out come of a
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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
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OCD, MA. PhD.
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