29th Sunday OT – 2017

 

 

“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God”

 

Each one of us looks for “a way”: the shortest way, the easiest way, the safest way, the surest way, the right and correct way. We would like to know which way leads to happiness, to prosperity, to ‘this’ and ‘that’, and finally to eternal life in God’s kingdom.

There are many who want to be leaders and teachers, thinking that only they are right and that they possess the truth, knowing the secret of happy and prosperous life. After sometime we come to realize that they are fake and leading us astray, nowhere.

How different it is with Jesus. Even if people, i.e. the Pharisees of today’s Gospel, come to know Him as “a truthful man”, even if they know His teaching, they do not follow Him, they do not live according to His teaching. Why? Why? Why?

The answer lies deeply in our own hearts. Do we – especially being baptized in Jesus’ name – know, really know Jesus? Do we know well and understand His teaching? Do we follow Him and live according His teaching?

He is a “truthful man” and teacher. He proved that with His life. He does not lead us astray. He shows the right way leading us not only to eternal happiness but to a happiness here on earth as well. Why don’t we follow Him faithfully? Because His teaching is very demanding and challenging; Pointing right to the center of our weakness which calls to our conversion, the changing of our way of life. Are we ready to do so?

Accepting Jesus’ teaching means to patient with yourself and others, to say the truth always, to talk and live with kindness, to practice the works of mercy, to establish love as the main reason and attitude of our acting and living.

Are you ready? Let’s do so.

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ

 

 

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