February 20, 2022

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Recently, I was given a copy of the first and second seasons of the TV series, The Chosen. It will eventually be an eight-season series depicting the life and teachings of Jesus. It’s absolutely wonderful. I’m sure many of you have seen it. The person of Jesus was mesmerizing. He only spoke a few words at the end of the first episode, but they were gripping. I listened to the words he spoke, words I’ve heard so many times. Staring at his face as he spoke and his words gripped my heart. I actually wept.

Wiping my tears, I realized something. I’ve studied the teachings of Jesus. I know them, and I teach them. But study is not the same as reflecting deeply on the teaching of a living person. I’ve never really connected them so closely to the living person of Jesus. If I wept watching an excellent actor speak his words, I would truly be a basket case if I heard the teaching coming directly from his lips.

So, I made the decision that today I wouldn’t deliver a homily because the entire gospel passage consists of Jesus’ words. There’s no way I can do anything better. So, I’m going to invite the congregation to close their eyes and imagine the face of Jesus, imaging it as the face of one whom they love and admire. I believe that God will reveal the face that each person needs to see. Then slowly, and with the utmost respect, I will read his teaching. “To you who hear, I say, love your enemies ….”

Let Us Pray:

Jesus, my Lord, and my God, I gaze on your face, an infant face with closed eyes and moist lips. I see your face broad with teenage laughter. I see your face dripping sweat as you dance at a wedding in Cana. I see your face reflecting candlelight as you divide the loaf of bread. I see your face wet with pain. I see your face ablaze with resurrection light. Lord Jesus, open my eyes. I long to see your face.


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About John Kamas, SSS

Father Kamas is pastor of Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City, New York.