30 July 2011
Today’s Readings: Lv. 25:1, 8-17 / Mt. 14: 1-12
John the Baptist was regarded as a prophet risen from the dead – that is why miraculous powers are at work in him. Herod wanted to kill him, but he did not dare because he feared the people.
From the beginning of civilization, man was confronted with problems and challenges he could not solve on his own. Science has discovered many elements of human destiny but it cannot explain the mystery of the evil within.
We live in a different world. Modern societies worship money and operate according to laws imposed by money and advertising. Experiences show that only the rich are treated like persons. The poor, the laborers are often looked upon as inferior persons and excluded from whatever “decent place”.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus offers himself as a key to these contradictions. He answers not with theories but with figures and enigma for each one of us to ponder during our life and for us to learn till the end of history. For only as time progresses will we come to understand their whole meaning.
Jesus challenges us to continue to believe in him even when we do not understand contradicting realities in the world and to accept everyone regardless of status.
Loving Father, teach us to be fair and just in our dealings with others especially the less privileged. Be with us always that we may look up to your Son as the key to all contradictions in the world.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.