The following Homily is provided by Friar Sidney as a way
of enriching the ministry of the Word as presented through
this web site. Friar Sidney, who has spent much of his
ministry in India, is currently a Professor of Philosophy
in Rome. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The texts
used by Friar Sydney come from the Roman Lectionary - which in
most points agrees with the Revised Common Lectionary.
Isaiah 45:1.4-6; Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21.
Let us today meditate on our task as Christians in a world
that is a Pluriverse.
We are so used to speak about a Universe. Yet, today we
live in a plural world. We live in a pluriverse. We live
in a culture that uses different languages and scripts. We
live in milieus where diverse religions exist. We live in
nations that more and more want to identify themselves as
secular. We live in a world where Internet and Email let us
communicate with people whom we have not seen even once.
Where do we Christians stand amidst all this diversity and
In the first reading we see that a pagan king, Cyrus, is
God's worthy instrument for His People. This pagan is even
called God's anointed. God even leads him by his right
hand. In other words, God is working through the power
which Cyrus, a pagan, exercises.
In the Gospel, we find a terrible contrast. The people who
consider themselves God's own Chosen Ones, plot evil against
God's only Son and Anointed One, Jesus Christ. But Christ
cleverly uses their own trap to confound them.
In both readings we therefore get this message loud and
clear: The Trinitarian God is supreme! The Power of God, His
Action and His Love is supreme!
That is what St Paul tries to drill into the Thessalonians.
Paul knows very well that their faith in action, their work
of love and their perseverence through hope in our Lord
Jesus Christ is all due to the Infinite and Supreme Power,
Action and Love of the Trinitarian God.
Dear friends, do we share this vision of St. Paul in the
Pluriverse of today? Do we show faith in God's action, do
we work for His Love to be manifest to all, and do we
persevere through hope in our Trinitarian God's Name.
copyright - Friar Sydney Mascarenhas and Rev. Richard J. Fairchild 1999 - 2005
please acknowledge the appropriate author if citing these sermons.