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#Clothing ourselves with “#HolyJoy” : #Homily of the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

#Clothing ourselves with “#HolyJoy” : #Homily of the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

We are fond of feasting. As the #rains give way to the dry season, many festivals are celebrated in our towns and villages. These include “#cry-die” (death/Funeral memorial celebrations), Family meetings, End of Year Parties, Weddings etc. These will culminate in the Christmas and New Year celebrations. What makes a successful feast is in the diversity and quantity of food and drinks. We thus understand the scenario of the readings of today centred on food and party. The Bible is so full of the imagery of meal and feasts ( cf. Luke 12:36, John 2:8-9, Revelation 19:9, Mark 6:21, etc). Jesus went to parties and his friends even called him “A glutton and wine drinker” (Mt 11, 19). Parties are very joyful occasions and no one goes to the party with tears.
In the Gospel, Jesus reminds his Jewish audience that when the messiah comes, they will enjoy a first class party. Jesus compares living in His company to the equivalent of a party. This means that the Church should be a happy place. Joy and gladness are the very heart of the Christian message. The word Gospel itself means glad tidings or good news. So it would appear to be reasonable to expect that this joy and equanimity of spirit should be reflected in our Christian response to life’s situations. Saint Therese once commented that “in heaven there will be no more looks of indifference”, it will be a joyful look. Early martyrs astonished the Roman spectators by singing hymns of praise and joy as they awaited execution. Early Christians thus were called hilares. That is the Latin adjective from which the word hilarious comes. They possessed a “certain holy hilarity”.
Let us reflect on the nature of our Parties: Are they places of a “holy hilarity” or Holy Joy? What is at the centre of our parties? At times even in Religious Festivals, we get into excess drinking and eating and latter on in a drunken state

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