VeritasPH

The Word, The Truth

 259 total views

Homily for March 15, 2022, Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent, Mt 23:1-12

A few days ago, I saw an old video of the visit of the Russian president Vladimir Putin to Pope Francis in the Vatican city in Rome. It was reported to have taken place on July 4, 2019. At some point during the encounter, the Russian president presented a gift to Pope Francis; it was a beautiful Russian Orthodox icon of the Blessed Mother with the child Jesus in her arms.

The Russian president handed it to the Pope and said, “This is my present for you.” The Pope said, “Thank you.” Then, as the Pope was looking at the icon, Putin asked him, “Do you like it?” The Pope said, “Yes. It’s beautiful.” Then, Putin did something that I think surprised even the Pope. He stooped down to plant a kiss on the icon, right on the spot of the Child Jesus in the arms of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Before that, I had just watched an earlier video of him, already at war with Ukraine, and threatening the NATO and the western countries not to get involved in his conflict with Ukraine or they would suffer the consequence. I had just seen the horrifying scenes of Russian soldiers following his orders to bomb Ukrainian cities, causing so much destruction, death and displacement on millions of refugees. I hear that he continues to enjoy the blessing of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch, nevertheless.

While watching the video, I found myself focusing attention on the lips of this leader asserting his power over another country. They were the same lips that had just kissed the icon of the Madonna and Child.

Today’s readings are very strong words of denunciation uttered by the lips of two prophets against the secular and religious leaders of their own times, respectively. The first is an oracle of judgment uttered by Isaiah, who denounces the secular leaders of Judah in his time, but addresses them as the “princes of Sodom and people of Gomorrah.”

We often think of these cities as places that had been punished in earlier times for sexual immoralities. But the prophet Isaiah does not seem to share in that tradition. All the accusations that he hurls against them have to do with social injustice. “Stop doing evil; learn to do good,” he says, “Make justice your aim, redress the wronged, hear the orphans’ plea, defend the widows.”

In the Gospel, Jesus is denouncing the Pharisees and scribes for what he regards as a disconnect between their expressions of faith, religiosity and piety, and their conduct in society. Jesus says quite a mouthful against them, mentioning how they “tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders but would not lift a finger to move them.” These leaders are the same people who are so strict and meticulous about fulfilling religious obligations, and who think that it is their strict observance of religious acts of piety that makes them more holy and more righteous in the sight of God.

Jesus summarizes his series of denunciations with an exhortation that says, “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Isaiah ends his own oracle in more threatening way. He says, “If you refuse and resist, the SWORD shall consume you! He announced his prophetic oracle of doom on the kind of leaders who kiss religious icons with their lips but utter with the same lips WORDS that cause so much violence and destruction, so much suffering and death on their fellow human beings, WORDS that, in effect, blaspheme God who made human beings in his image and likeness.

The prophet’s final WORDS of warning to these arrogant power-wielders is, “The SWORD shall consume you.” Words-Sword, don’t you find it interesting that if you move the last letter of WORDS to take the place of the first letter, it becomes SWORD? He who blasphemes God’s WORDS will fall by the SWORD.

Screenshot 2024-04-26 121114
ads
ads
2
3
4
previous arrow
next arrow

Veritas Editorial

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

President of Radio Veritas

Inclusive Education

 2,873 total views

 2,873 total views Kapanalig, isa sa mga senyales na maganda ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa isang lipunan ay ang pagiging inclusive o mapagbilang nito – yung lahat ay may ready access kahit saan man siya nandoon, kahit ano pang kasarian niya, at kakayahan. Kasama dito, kapanalig, ang access ng mga vulnerable populations at disabled people. Kung

Read More »

Sports at Kabataan

 8,630 total views

 8,630 total views Kapanalig, katatapos lamang ng Palarong Pambansa – isang national activity, na sana’y lagi nating nabibigyan ng suporta. Malaking bagay ito, hindi lamang para sa mga kabataan, kundi para sa nation building at national pride. Kailangang manatiling malaki at mahalaga ang papel ng sports sa buhay ng kabataan sa sa ating bansa. Unang una,

Read More »

Responsableng kasiyahan

 15,893 total views

 15,893 total views Mga Kapanalig, humupa na ang kontrobersyal na pagdiriwang ng tinatawag na “Wattah Wattah Festival” sa Lungsod ng San Juan.  Halos isang buwan na rin ang nakalipas nang ipagdiwang ito ng mga kababayan natin sa San Juan. Kasama sa tradisyon tuwing sumasapit ang kapistahan ni San Juan Bautista ang basaan ng mga namimiyesta. Iyon

Read More »

Kalidad ng pagtuturo

 23,878 total views

 23,878 total views Mga Kapanalig, itinalaga na ni Pangulong Bongbong Marcos, Jr si Senador Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara bilang bagong kalihim o secretary ng Department of Education kapalit ni Vice President Sara Duterte. Sa isang editoryal, binanggit natin ang kahilingan ng ilang grupo ng mga guro na sana, ang bagong kalihim ng DepEd ay isang educator

Read More »

Mga payaso sa sirko

 31,414 total views

 31,414 total views Mga Kapanalig, may kasabihan sa Ingles na “elect a clown, expect a circus.” Kapag bumoto raw tayo ng mga payaso, asahan nating magiging sirko ang gobyerno.  Pasintabi po sa mga ang hanapbuhay ay ang pagiging payaso. Ipinaaalala lamang ng kasabihang ito kung gaano kaseryoso ang paggiging lingkod-bayan. Ang pagsisilbi sa pamahalaan ay hindi

Read More »
catholink
Shadow
truthshop
Shadow

Related Story

Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

REVELATION TO THE CHILDLIKE

 445 total views

 445 total views Homily for Wed of the 15th Wk in OT, 17 July 2024, Isa 10:5-7, 13b-16; Mt 11:25-27 Our first reading today is a grim warning to modern-day world powers who bully their neighbors. It is a good reminder for nations that have become economically prosperous and militarily powerful to the point of throwing

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

APOSTOL, SUGO, KINATAWAN

 448 total views

 448 total views Homiliya Para sa Ika-15 Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 16 Hulyo 2024, Markos 6:7-13 Nais ko sana na itutok natin ang ating pagninilay sa araw na ito sa kahulugan ng pagiging “apostol”. Alam ko na ang karaniwang iniuugnay natin sa salitang “apostol” ay ang 12 lalaki na pinili ni Hesus mula sa kanyang mga

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

BUEN CAMINO

 3,203 total views

 3,203 total views Homiliya para sa Huwebes, 11 Hulyo 2024, Paggunita kay San Benito, Mt 10:7-15 Noong nakaraang Martes, nag-bonding kami ng kapatid kong panganay. Umabot ng tatlong oras ang tanghalian namin dahil nagkuwento siya tungkol sa naranasan niyang paglalakad sa camino ng Compostela nitong nakaraang buwan. Biro niyo, sa edad na 78 ay naglakad siya

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

IN JESUS’ NAME

 7,618 total views

 7,618 total views Homily for Wed of the 13th Wk in Ordinary Time, 10 July 2024, 18th Episcopal Ordination Anniversary, Mk 10:1-7 On Thursday last week, the final day of the annual retreat of the CBCP, we has as main presider at the Eucharistic Celebration the Secretary of the Holy See’s Relations with States, Abp. Paul

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

KATATAGAN

 2,944 total views

 2,944 total views Homiliya para sa Huwebes sa Ikalabindalawang Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 27 Hunyo 2024, Mat 7:21-29 “Malapit na ang giyera!” Ito ang babala ng mga propeta sa Jerusalem. Pero walang sumiryoso sa babala nila. Hanggang minsan isang araw bigla na lang nagkatotoo. Ang katuparan ng malagim na hula ay ang malungkot na kuwentong narinig

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

THE HEART AND THE EYE

 3,467 total views

 3,467 total views Homily for Friday of the 11th Wk in Ordinary Time, 21 June 2024, Mt 6:19-23 Today’s Gospel makes me understand the expression, “His heart is in the right place.” The idiom is understood to mean “He has good intentions despite his flaws and mistakes.” Or “He has shortcomings but he is sincere and

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

GOD THE FARMER

 4,966 total views

 4,966 total views Homiliya para sa Ika-11 Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 16 Hunyo 2024, Mk 4:26-34 Dalawang punto lang ang mungkahi kong pagnilayan natin tungkol sa mga talinghagang narinig natin sa ebanghelyo ngayon. Una, ang Diyos ang magsasaka, ang salita niya ang binhi. Pangalawa, tayo mismo ay para ding mga binhi. Simulan natin sa una. Ang

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

GO OUTSIDE!

 5,810 total views

 5,810 total views Homily for Friday of the 10th Week in Ortdinary Time, 14 June 2024, 1 Kings 19; Mt 5:27-32 Like I told you yesterday, the drama in the life and mission of the prophet Elijah—which has been read from the first book of Kings for the past few days now—continues today with chapter 19.

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

MAGDILANG ANGHEL

 4,065 total views

 4,065 total views Homiliya para sa Misang Paggunita kay San Antonio de Lisbon, 13 Hunyo 2024, Mt 5:20-26 “Magdilang-anghel ka nawa!” Ito ang sinasabi natin sa Pilipino pag may binigkas na hula ang iba na ibig nating magkatotoo. Isang taong may dilang anghel, ito ang turing ng mga taga-Padua kay San Antonio dahil sa tindi ng

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

SAN ANTONIO DE LISBON

 8,278 total views

 8,278 total views Homiliya para sa Bihilya sa Kapistahan ni “San Antonio de Padua,” Miyerkoles sa Ikasampung Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 12 Hunyo 2024, Mat 5, 17-19 Salamat sa Marian pilgrimage ng Kaparian ng Kalookan, bukod sa dalaw namin sa lugar na pinangyarihan ng aparisyon ng Birhen sa Fatima, nakadalaw din kami sa bayan ng ating

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

THE “GOOD MAN”, BARNABAS

 7,511 total views

 7,511 total views Homily for Thursday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, 11 June 2024, Mat. 10:7-13 Today is the Feast of the Holy Apostle and Martyr, St Barnabas, whom St Luke describes in our first reading today as “a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith”. In one of my past homilies

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

TAHANAN NG PUSO

 11,721 total views

 11,721 total views Homiliya Para sa Ika-10 Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 9 Hunyo 2024, Mk 3:20-35 Ang ating pagninilay sa araw na ito ay tungkol sa pagtatayo ng tahanan, hindi lang bahay. Alam naman natin na hindi lahat ng bahay ay tahanan, di ba? Di ba may kasabihan tayo: “Mabuti na sa akin ang bahay kahit

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

BLOOD AND WATER

 5,169 total views

 5,169 total views BLOOD AND WATER Homily for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 7 June 2024, Jn 19,31-37 I call the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus a poetic feast about the mystery of the Love of Christ. Saint Paul himself sounds very poetic in our second reading from third chapter of

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

TAO PO (HINDI “TAO LANG PO”)

 5,173 total views

 5,173 total views TAO PO (HINDI “TAO LANG PO”) Homiliya Para sa Huwebes sa Ikasiyam na Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 6 Hunyo 2024, Mk 12,28-34 May kuwento tungkol sa isang pusa na inanod ng agos ng baha at nakakapit sa sanga ng maliit na puno sa gilid ng estero. Nakita daw ito ng dalawang tao. Dahil

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

THE ETERNAL NOW

 5,173 total views

 5,173 total views THE ETERNAL NOW Homily for Wed of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time, 5 June 2024, Mk 12,18-27 The question raised in today’s Gospel reminds me of the story of a woman named Sarah in the Old Testament. No, I am not talking about Sarah, the wife of Abraham, but about the Sarah

Read More »

Latest Blogs

Scroll to Top