The Bishops Homily – 10th Sunday In Ordinary Time 2018

10th Sunday In Ordinary Time
Cycle B | 10/06/18
Gen. 3: 9-15
2 Cor. 4:13-5:1
Mk. 3: 20-35

 

INTRODUCTION: What a relief that now we return to Ordinary Time. For this Sunday, our first reading is from Genesis 3 which depicts what follows the aftermath of sin? Of all the literature in the world, there is no richer account of who we are, what we are called to be and what goes on with us after sin than Genesis, specially the first three Chapters. What happens to us in the immediate wake of sin.

(1) God looks for Adam, where are you? God never loses sight of us. He is not giving up on us, even when we are a million miles away from him. He is seeking us out. This question is not a jinks in the omniscience of God. Rather it is an expression of what sin is. This is an expression of sin as an alienation from God, wandering away from God. We are where we are not supposed to be.

(2) The answer of Adam: “I heard the sound of you in the garden; I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.” Prior to original sin, Adam was not afraid of God; he walked in long fellowship with God. That is what God wants that we walk in easy rhythm with him. What sin does is going away from him.

Prior to sin, Adam knows himself naked so unselfconscious that he felt no need to hide himself like a child or toddler who is unaware of himself as compared to teenager who is so self-conscious. Shame is the daughter of sin. “Who told you that you are naked? Have you been eating of the tree I forbade you to eat?” The tree of knowledge of good and evil is proper to God alone. It is not our business to grasp. It is the illegitimate appropriation of what is proper to God.

(3) What follows sin? Blame-game is the result of sin: blaming, shaming, accusing, scapegoating. How many times we do this even in casual conversations. The great name of the devil in the Bible is accuser and scatterer. Our common fault is the protection of the fragile ego as the persistent cover in the wake of sin.

“It was the woman you put with me; she gave me the fruit and I ate it.” Prior to sin, the Ego did not exist; after sin, the ego is preeminent. In the Gospel of Mark the function of Jesus is presented as great exorcist, driving out Satan and in the end is himself accused as Satan. Is he really?

CONCLUSION: A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. The Kingdom of Satan stands by accusing, blaming, shaming; the Kingdom of Jesus stands by its exact opposite by Love and by active non-violence the exact opposite of what Satan does in the world. Think how sin affects all of us humans but think how Jesus swallows up everything in the Divine Mercy.

 

Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, DD
Bishop of Novaliches

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