Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Reflections for Third Sunday

The first reading and today’s gospel call us to widen our horizons and reset our priorities. Jonah is called to widen his horizons about God and people and Mark’s Jesus invites us to set about participating in God’s Reign, resetting our priorities which lead to social transformation. Jonah has written off a whole group of people. We can do that when we hurt, divide, separate, scapegoat or ignore people. 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Reflections for Second Sunday

There is no set formula by which God calls us or speaks to us.  Nor are there any God-forsaken places or persons despite Nathaniel’s comments today. Whatever we do, God is always facing toward us.  There is hope for transformation in the most dire of situations and most despicable people. A boy, Samuel, in his pyjamas is called during a time of corruption and a leadership vacuum. He lived with the priest Eli whose eyesight grew dim suggesting blindness and lying down suggesting passivity.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Baptism of Jesus

When I was in Italy from 1982-1986 studying psychology, I spent two summers helping out in a parish in Palermo, Sicily after three of my MSC confreres there were killed in a car accident. One would often hear of murders even in our parishes of police and public officials by the Mafia. The Archbishop of Palermo, Cardinal Pappalardo, was forced to travel in a police car because he was targeted for his fearless speaking out against the Mafia that kept people in its power by threats and murder. I was told on a number of occasions after speaking out that I was fortunate to be a foreigner. 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Epiphany 2021

There are different ways of seeing this feast of the Epiphany such as being about a long journey, Jesus as a guiding light, or welcoming peoples of all nations. It also raises the question as to who do we follow. Is it the depraved power of King Herod and its abuses or the life-giving power of Jesus? In Herod, and contemporary leaders such as Donald Trump, and George Bush before him, we see brutality and paranoia where violence is justified against so-called ‘bad people’. 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Feast of the Holy Family 

Luke, the story teller, tells the story of a God who loves each one of us so much and so enters fully into our world: dwelling among us, dining, rejoicing, crying, bleeding and triumphing with us. We hear today how Jesus is introduced to his parents’ faith community where private family intimacy is expanded into the larger Jewish world, and all of society. It is the story of a new creation - of a whole new family that we belong to. We know it will not end happily because the shadow of the cross already lies across the infant, as Simeon prophesies. It began badly for the children slaughtered at the time. And God cries with the distraught mothers.

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