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2013年12月6日 待降節第1金曜日


第一朗読 イザヤ29.17-24
福音朗読 マタイ9・27-31

   故グレゴリオ 犬飼政一神父







Memorial Mass for the deceased clergy of the diocese

Homily at Urawa Catholic Church (Cathedral)
December 6, 2013; First Week of Advent - Friday

FIRST READING: Isaiah 19:17-24
GOSPEL: Matthew 9:27-31

Today, we are celebrating a Memorial Mass for four priests who passed away in December. These are: Fr. Albert CORVAISIER m.e.p, Fr. Eugène JUGUET m.e.p, Fr. Gregory Masakazu INUGAI and Fr. Jean WARET m.e.p.

For many years, these priests worked for the Saitama Diocese and rendered distinguished services. I have many good memories of them […]. Now, let us give thanks to God for sending us these men and let us pray for their eternal rest.

Today’s First Reading is from the Book of Prophet Isaiah. The following words rang powerfully in my heart: “Out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see”(Is 29:18). At that time in Palestine, there were many who suffered with blindness. The severe climate and their poor hygiene are considered to be its cause. Here, Prophet Isaiah proclaimed the hope that a light will shine upon the blind and they will regain their sight.

The words “gloom and darkness” remind me of the “darkness in hearts”. Darkness certainly dwells in this world―it is the absurdity that no one can understand their situation. The darkness spreads over the hearts of people. Faith is the Light of God which is poured upon our hearts; it is the Light of Christ’s Resurrection. Let us pray then: “Lord, pour your Light into our hearts, more and more!”

Today’s Gospel is a story about Jesus’ healing of two blind men. ‘When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened’.

The two blind men followed Jesus into the house. There, Jesus talked face to face with them. These men had an “encounter” with Jesus. Seeing that they had faith in Him, Jesus touched their eyes and healed them. Then, Jesus strictly told them: “See that no one knows it.” This is the command of Jesus known as the “Messianic Secret”. Why did Jesus tell them so? It is generally considered that Jesus told them to keep this a secret because he did not want people to be confused or misunderstand his messiahship with earthly kingship.

However, I think there is much more: this “healing” was an important faith experience between Jesus and the two men. This healing experience was a decisive event for these two and Jesus. I feel that, if they let this leak out to other people, it would spoil the preciousness of their encounter with Jesus, since it is also an event that touches the secret of Jesus.

Now, we are celebrating Confirmation today. Let us unite in prayer so that the candidate may be abundantly granted with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

[Scripture quotations are] from The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.