Son of God & Son of Man - Homily 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (9-23-2012) - Fr. Linh

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I am Fr. Linh. Today we celebrate the Twenty-fifth Sunday
in Ordinary Time – Year B. Our Gospel passage is from Saint Mark,
chapter nine, from verse thirty to thirty-seven.
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him.” (Mark 9:31)
Jesus Christ constantly used the title the “Son of Man!”
If he had chosen, he might always have spoken of himself
as the Son of God, the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful,
the great I AM, the Counselor, King of kings, the Prince of Peace,
the Alpha and the Omega, the Lord of All, High and Holy One.
But Jesus didn’t use them. Instead, he called himself the Son of Man.
The title the Son of Man appears eighty-two times in the New Testament.
Eighty-one of which are in the gospels. Eighty of which are directly from the lips
of Jesus. Why was this title so important to Jesus?
Perhaps, we can perceive its importance by words of a good theologian.
He said: “Jesus Christ had a twofold personality: He was Son of God revealing what God is,
and Son of Man revealing what man is.” Man had lost his heavenly origin and destiny
after the original sin. That was why Jesus said:
“The Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
But the Jew at Jesus’ time could not see this concept through.
The title the “Son of Man” was also used in the Old Testament.
It was understood as a symbol of triumph. The conqueror. The equalizer.
The right arm of the High and Holy. The King who roared down from the heavens
in a fiery chariot of vengeance and anger toward those who have oppressed God’s holy
For that reason, when Jesus spoke of the Son of Man in terms of power,
the people cheered. When he spoke of a new world
where the Son of Man would sit on his glorious throne,
the people understood. When he spoke of the Son of Man who would
come on the clouds of heaven with great power and
authority, the people could envision the scene.
When he spoke of the Son of Man seated at the right hand of power,
everyone could imagine the picture. But in today’s Gospel, when Jesus said:
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him,”
(Mark 9:31) the people stood in silence. They were confused and thrown off the track
from their former thoughts. Come on! This didn’t fit the image. It’s
not what they expected at all.
Put yourself in their place. You have been oppressed by the Roman government
for years. Since your youth, you have been taught
that the Son of Man would deliver you to liberty. Now he is here.
Jesus calls himself the Son of Man. He proves he is the Son of Man.
He can raise the dead and calm a storm. The crowds of followers are growing.
You are excited, so am I. Finally, the children of Abraham will be set free.
But what is this he’s saying: (Mark 9:31) “The Son of Man is to be handed over to
men and they will kill him?” Wait a minute! That’s an impossible, incredible,
contradiction of terms. No wonder “the followers did not understand
the saying, and they were afraid to question Jesus.”
(Mark 9:32) How would the Son of Man be betrayed?
The King, the Conqueror – killed?
If today we sense the irony of Jesus wearing the title “the Son of Man,”
we can also sense the irony of the cross on which he was crucified later.
The disciples of Jesus were totally confused, and so are we!
Only later, after the Resurrection, did Jesus’ disciples begin to see
that there is no real conflict between suffering and glory.
That the Cross was a highway leading to an empty tomb.
And the crown of thorns overshadowed a crown of glory.
That is a reason for us to sit standstill to look at and to ponder over the mystery
of the cross of Jesus. And we are sure for one thing, that “God
so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone
who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
(John 3:16) The Son of God became the Son of Man
that he might change the sons of men into sons of God.
The Son of Man wears a celestial crown but bears a heart of an earthly father.
The King who suffers for the peasant, the Master who sacrifices himself for the
servant. He is the Son of Man who came to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for you, for me, and for many.
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