Father Rick’s Two-Minute Homily for Saturday, 8th Week in Ordinary Time
June 3, 2023, Mark 11: 27-33
The Gentle Heart of Jesus
I remember the story about the fellow who wanted to make his cross smaller, and he cut part of it off so it would be easier to carry. But when he came to a deep valley, his cross was too short to reach the other side.
When Jesus asks us to live his gospel in surrender, there will always be something that we will not understand or be able to do without His help. It’s like the scribes and Pharisees in today’s gospel who tried tricking Jesus, accusing Him of being divine, God’s Son.
So, they asked Jesus by whose authority did he work miracles and teach. They couldn’t grasp that God could be a man. When Jesus asked them to answer a question about whether John’s baptism was human or divine, they were stumped.
Jesus knew if he took them on about his divinity, he would win hands down. Instead of showing them up and making them look foolish, His gentle heart sent them away with something to think about – maybe John’s baptism was from heaven, preparing the way of Jesus.
One of the Pharisees, Zacchaeus, took to heart what Jesus said and met him by night (John’s Gospel) because he wondered, “Just who is Jesus?”
There may be a few questions or concerns about our faith that Jesus has asked us (in his Word or through the Church) that have stumped us or that we have found difficult to live. Let’s follow and learn from Zacchaeus and meet Jesus in prayer and solitude to help us grow in our faith.
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC