Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

30th Sunday of the Year

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland seems to have a connection with today’s gospel. Alice follows a rabbit down a hole and finds herself in a place where different values apply. She encounters animals with a superior air who treat her as inferior. The usual roles are reversed. Alice is trapped in her narrow, human way of viewing life and reality. It is a terrifying experience but her fear is unfounded as she moves from a narrow frame of reference to view reality and see the limitations of her assumptions, judgments and stereotypes about life and people.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

29th Sunday of the Year

Reflections on the readings

In recent weeks, Jesus has taken us on a journey towards Jerusalem whilst instructing his disciples about what it means to follow him. Today, we face the difficult changes necessary to be an authentic follower of Jesus. Jesus turns human assumptions about what really matters on its head; ‘greatness’ is measured in God’s reign by ‘service.’ This is the message he embodied. In the upside-down (or right-side up) Reign of God, greatness is defined differently to the power, fame and fortune criteria most human systems use. In God’s reign, ‘greatness’ is found in the role of a ‘servant,’ as exemplified and embodied in Jesus: ‘For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve….’ Which, finally will cause him to ‘give his life as a ransom for many.’

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

28th Sunday of the Year

‘Our revolution comes about through tenderness,

through the joy which always becomes

closeness and compassion,

and leads us to get involved in

and to serve the life of others.’     Pope Francis

To the question of the young man, ‘Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus does the unexpected. Rather than give the usual response that he should repent and establish a personal relationship with Jesus, the young man is told to keep the commandments which includes selling his possessions and distributing them to the poor. It is too high a price to pay!!

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

27th Sunday of the Year

Reflections on the readings

The interconnectedness between ourselves, God and creation is often overlooked in a culture that is often individualistic. We need to include the Church in this critique when it excludes people and groups from the table. The readings however, are a call to joy in finding welcome and relationship with one another. The gospel reminds us how we receive one another. It is a message for all. 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

26th Sunday of the Year

Migrant and Refugee Sunday

‘I want to tell you right away how much

the Church esteems and loves you,

and how much she wishes to assist you

in your spiritual and material needs.’

Pope John Paul II, Alice Springs 1986 to the Aboriginal people of Australia.

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