Fifteenth Sunday of the Year 2020
When Jesus is with people something always important is happening. He uses their language to communicate something about God and about ourselves. Jesus refers to the openness of heart to the message of God’s reign with various descriptions of soil. We often ask Who is the sower? God? Yes. Jesus? There probably is no right or wrong answer except that God is always sowing life in ours. St. Paul today says, ‘The Spirit of God dwells in you’ (Romans 8:9, 11). Without minimising God and Jesus here, we might need to expand and enlarge the possibilities so that the words of scripture might be given great chance to take root in our lives, to bloom in new ways, and to grow into something we never before imagined or thought possible.
Fourteen Sunday of the Year 2020
The strong counter-cultural message today takes one’s thoughts to those who benefit from a well off society. Jesus was not addressing the healthy, well off, gifted, employed, and comfortably situated in life but those who in any way shackled to systems and oppress. His words become a mockery for those for whom his message was intended if little was done to ease these burdens. More importantly Jesus words challenge us to look at our values and the world where power and control are often of prime importance.Read more
Thirteen Sunday of the Year June 28, 2020
A number of themes emerge from this week’s readings. A common thread is of God’s continuous care, presence and protection. Paul reminds us that we are called to embrace a life founded in ‘righteousness’.Read more
12th Sunday of the Year 2020
Some years ago I read how a woman, a religious sister, who was involved in care for people living with HV/AIDS. She told about her father’s physical and psychological abuse. In one line, in defiant self-talk said: ‘There is one part of me you cannot touch’. Despite maltreatment, she knew as a young girl that she had value in herself despite her treatment. Like many people who are or have been oppressed, many have a sense that their lives cannot be defined by those who try to control them. A profoundly powerful expression of this was in the May 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart by Australia’s First Nations people who would no longer allow themselves to be counted but demanding a voice.Read more
Body and Blood of Christ
Reflections on the readings
Jesus was crucified because of the company he kept and the people he ate with. Eating together is a significant human activity. Stories and lives are shared. Relationships are renewed and strengthened. We are continually reminded that God is social, a God of relationship. Any spirituality or theology that disconnects us from the concerns of the world and contemporary social concerns should be dismissed.