DEACON LYN’S HOMILY FOR THE 10th WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
A Mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said,” Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it!” The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.” The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse, I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.” So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bite the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soups main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the famer butchered the pig, the farmer’s wife did not get well, and she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember: when one of us in threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey we call life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another’s tapestry.
I bet if you heard it once, you heard it a thousand times: You are Responsible for our actions we see that in the first reading. The Serpent who lead God’s people astray got what it deserved. Banded from all other creatures, on its belly shall it crawl, eat dirt.
In the mouse story who was thinking only of themselves and not being responsible? The chicken, pig, cow. We are a vital thread in another’s tapestry! We are responsible for others.
In the Gospel too, actions mean something. In fact we are called Jesus’s brothers and sisters if we do want? The will of God..
Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus did not have it easy. Are we expecting the same? Do we have the same tapestry as Jesus did? Today sometimes self-righteous Christians may think they are persecuted for their faith when in fact they might simply be obnoxious. Jesus was misunderstood not because of obnoxious behavior, aloofness, or one-upmanship, but because he enjoyed the company of “sinners.” He ate with those who were considered of ill repute. He engaged those who were said to be with demons. He did not fast but enjoyed great dinner parties. His behavior embarrassed his family and those who preferred cultural norms that kept certain people on the margins. It’s one thing to admire Jesus. It’s quite another to act as he did. Jesus never told his disciples to worship him. He told them to follow him. Many of us are admirers of Jesus. But do we act as he did? Do we think like he did? Do we talk like he did? Are we willing to face embarrassment to do what he did?
In Jesus’s life he was not alone, he was in communion with God the father, and the Holy Spirit. We too don’t have to do it alone as well. We too have the Trinity, the Father, and Son & Holy Spirit with us! We also have God’s
Word to guide us in our lives. We have the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We have each other as examples of faithful living, also we have secret weapon- Meta narrative - Big Story - we win! All this gives hope in the joys and challenges of life. Hope is relying on a higher power to guide you.