Readings: Philem 7-20; Lk 17:20-25
Some say that force is all-conquering, but in fact, its victories are short lived. Even to end an evil, force is not advisable, for forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them. A human being is a free person and hence, every act of submission to an exterior force, rots the person standing; That person is dead before being buried by the legitimate grave diggers. That is why God never forces any of us to do something. He does not force us to serve him; he does not force s even to love him; he wants us to love him and serve him freely, S Paul did the same with Philemon. St Paul would not force him to give up his right over his slave Onesimus who had fled from him seeking refuge in Paul. But Paul sent the slave back to Philemon for he wanted Philemon to release the slave freely out of a motive of Christian love. He wrote: “Though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake, I prefer to appeal to you” (Philem 8). Our loving service to God will please him if it is given freely. God knows that whatever needs to be maintained through force, is doomed. Have you seen pebbles in water? Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water sings the pebbles into perfection.
Catholic Homily “FREELY, FREELY”
Readings: Philem 7-20; Lk 17:20-25 THURSDAY - WEEK 32/ YEAR-B