Reflection/Homily: Twenty-Second (22nd) Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (August 30 2015)
Theme: Observing the Laws of God
Two missionaries were sent into a remote area for evangelization. They went out daily to preach to people on the streets. They shared their experiences together and went along well. After some time, one started getting jealous of the other because he attracted more followers and got more converts. This began affecting their relationship and mission negatively. Soon, the jealous one grew much hatred for the other that he would not discuss anything with him again. Yet, the jealous missionary was very meticulous in his mission work which he performed with much devotion and piety. He would preach, pray, sing and exhort like a perfect missionary but he would record no success.
One day, the other missionary fell ill and begged the jealous missionary to help him buy some medications but he refused because he wouldn’t want to miss a prayer meeting beginning in the next few minutes. Later at night, he also begged the jealous missionary to let him know when it will be 5am the next morning and he accepted. At 5am the next day, the jealous missionary wrote on a piece of paper “It is 5am” and dropped it beside the other missionary’s pillow and went for morning prayer because he could not afford to break the silence before communing with God.