Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year

Pope Francis says that he wants a poor Church for the poor. This wish is based on today’s gospel. The disciples are called to make their home amongst strangers. Last week, Jesus came home and was made to feel a stranger and was expelled from the synagogue. Amos, too, was expelled from the sanctuary after he made a powerful call for social justice where those who tried to please God by ‘worship’ whilst their lives were based on dishonesty, corruption, and oppression of the poor.  It was a harsh truth to an educated and sophisticated regime disinclined to take any notice of him or his message. It was a place of prosperity and wealth but rife with social inequity, injustice and immorality and where religion was closely linked to state power. As with Jesus, Amos was not silenced by the rejection and nor should we.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year

For the last four Sundays Mark’s gospel has portrayed the success of Jesus’ ministry where the crowds listened to his teachings, expressed in parables; witnessed the healing of the sick and the possessed, and the restoration of Jairus’ daughter to life.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom tells us that God ‘does not rejoice in the destruction of the living, for God fashioned all things that they might have being’ (Wis 1:14). God wishes abundant life for all.

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Justice Reflections from Fr Claude

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus’ calming the storm is the first nature miracle in Mark. Writing about a storm, Parker Palmer says: ‘It swirls around us as economic injustice, ecological ruin, physical and spiritual violence, and their inevitable outcome, war. It swirls within us as fear and frenzy, greed and deceit, and indifference to the suffering of others’ (A Hidden Wholeness). We do not need Jesus to ‘command the wind and the waves’ but who can speak ‘Peace be still’ to the struggle for justice today; to our economic crisis alongside the poor; to our ecological crisis and our threatened existence on planet Earth; to the struggle for equality for women and men; to challenge homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia that threatens to capsize the lives of many young people wondering if anyone cares that they are perishing. 

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Reflections from Fr Claude

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today's Gospel, Jesus describes the hidden growth of seeds. One wonders if he had an outrageous sense of humour or had no clue about farming as mustard sabotages whatever crops are in its path. But the parable is meant to stimulate our curiosity and upend preconceptions.  It is about the reign or ‘reigning of God’ which has no geography takes over like an invasive weed because it is a force or power inherent in and permeating creation and God’s reign occurs out of sight of the powerful.

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