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Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

September 26, 2014

 

READINGS

First Reading: ECCL 11:9-12:8

Responsorial Psalm: PS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 AND 17

Gospel: LK 9:43B-45

 

Homily

Our Gospel passage today is from chapter 9 in the Gospel of St. Luke which gives us two passion predictions of Jesus.  The first passion prediction in verse 22 which says,“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” The second passion prediction in verse 44 says, Jesus said “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”

In the middle of these two passion predictions is the Transfiguration of Jesus and the The Healing of a Boy with a Demon. We know that at the Transfiguration  when Jesus spoke with Moses and Elijah, “who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.” The exodus refers to the passion Jesus was to undergo in Jerusalem. At this, a voice from the cloud was heard, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”

If we pay attention to the placement of the “Healing of the Boy with a Demon,” we will see clearly its connection, that our ultimate liberation from the clutches of the evil one will finally be accomplished through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

As the disciples were still in the state of amazement at the healing of the boy, Jesus told them, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” To pay attention means to listen attentively or to listen carefully. Jesus wanted His disciples to listen to Him with great attention. This is what the voice from the cloud said at the transfiguration. Apparently, His disciples were not listening. They were perplexed because they were so engrossed at what was before them at the present moment. While what Jesus did was a genuine liberation of the boy from the demon, it was a foretaste of the future liberation brought about by Jesus’ passion. Jesus directed their attention to this but they just won’t listen.

But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

For us today, we are reminded that unless we truly pay attention to Jesus and do as He tells us, we too will be at a lost at receiving true liberation, our salvation. Let us then listen to Jesus even more attentively.

 

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