Sixteenth Sunday of the Year
The classic story about Martha and Mary is explained as the difference between contemplation and action. Mary, sitting beside Jesus, is the poster child for contemplation, and Martha as the image of a person of action. It can be challenging for people who feel like they must be doing something. With each news cycle, we are reminded that there something to respond to, an action to combat the hatred and violence ever-present in our society. There is no time for the luxury to just sit and listen to Jesus. Yet, we are called to do this. We are called to be present to Jesus. The readings offer two ways of being present to Jesus – not putting one above the others. Could it be a message about timing?Read more
15th Sunday of Year
Today’s parable of the Good Samaritan is often used as a moral story where we are to help anyone in the proverbial ditch. We need to go deeper. Familiarity with this story makes it easy to lose sight of its message. We can focus on the two religious leaders who should know and model God’s command to love. Jesus’ focus is on the Samaritan, and his actions. Jesus’ audience would have expected to hear about bad behaviour because Samaritans were despised enemies of Jewish people. There is a surprise twist as Jesus tries to stop the standard responses of people and nudge them into a new realization.Read more
14th Sunday of Yea
‘The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ speaks all languages,
It esteems and embraces all cultures.
It supports them in everything human and,
when necessary, it purifies them.
Always and everywhere the Gospel uplifts and enriches cultures
with the revealed message of a loving and merciful God.’
Pope John Paul llRead more