Sunday, April 10, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, April 9, 2011 (Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent)

Transcript of homily recorded on Saturday, April 9, 2011

By Monsignor Gerald McSorley

Well, it's a little cold this morning outside, isn't it? Yes, it's chilly, definitely. But there are other ways of being cold besides feeling the cold. Sometimes we say, "That person is a very cold person." So what do we mean when we say that, does it mean they need to put on another sweater? What do we mean when we say someone is a very cold person? It means that they're mean, or at least that they're not very friendly.

So, in today's Gospel we find some people who were not very friendly towards Jesus; they were very cold-hearted towards Jesus. And a big part of the reason was that they had no respect for him because he came from Galilee. And now he was down in Jerusalem — a big city — and the people down there looked down on the people from Galilee. And so they said no prophet — and certainly not the messiah — could possibly come from Galilee.

Now, we find people who look down on others not because they're bad people — often they do not even know what they're like — but people look down on others because of where they come from, or of the racial background, other family or various things, or because they're short, or because they're a little heavier than others, or whatever. People sometimes look down on others.

And so this Gospel reminds us that we shouldn't be looking down and condemning others for these incidental reasons. We should judge a person not by how they look or where they have come from. Sometimes people in Los Angeles look down on people who come from the boondocks — Fresno or Bakersfield or some place. So Jesus in the Gospel tells us to judge others by their actions and by their character.

So it's important at school not be treating others disrespectfully or being mean to others just because the way they look or whatever reasons like that. Jesus teaches us to love others and to treat others well. So we don't want to be like the Pharisees in today's Gospel who condemned Jesus because he came form Galilee and, therefore, he couldn't be any good.

So we ought to listen to the Gospel and take that message today from our Gospel which should tell us that we are to treat others well, be kind, and be considerate to others.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Comments that are derogatory, attack others or are offensive in nature may be removed. We reserve the right to remove any offensive or off-topic remark.