In this beautiful homily for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A , Father Hanly reminds us that the Messiah is not up in heaven calling us all to eternal life, he is down on the earth trying to teach us how to change this world. You might wonder why fraternal charity and fraternal correction is the very first thing that our Gospel has today. And why it is there seems just a little bit funny. Remember now from last week and the week before, Jesus has led his disciples up the mountain and up to the highest regions of Palestine. And then, of course, last week, just the very next step: when Jesus says he must now show them the way of the Messiah, so listen carefully, the way of the Messiah is to turn to Jerusalem to go there to be arrested, mocked, scourged, nailed to the cross and die, and then to rise again. And so then he comes and he begins taking them all the way down the journey home and in Jerusalem to his death. And it would have been quite different and quite startling. He has come for mankind — and not to choose a few people that are going to feel very happy sitting together and singing hymns together and being together. He has come for the world. And this is a very important concept.
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It was one of the most Googled phrases during the investigation of the Trump administration over its possible links with Russia. It is never an easy job to be a speaker of inconvenient truths. Yet Scripture today makes this very demand on us as a matter of necessity and as part and parcel of being a believer.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Taking up the cross was to be the sign that you and I are joined to him, related to him. Today Jesus points to a very real and common experience in Christian community where taking up the cross is necessary. It is the painful task of offering forgiveness and reconciliation to an offending brother or sister. It is in the process of healing broken relationships that discipleship shows its very real and practical meaning. Life in common, even life in common among Christians, is not easy.
Ezekiel Romans Matthew Many people today are involved in a process called Lectio Divina — trying to make the Word of God more alive by reflecting on a particular reading from the Bible and trying to see what application it might have for their individual lives. Some parishes have groups who do this for the readings at Sunday Mass. When people have reflected on the readings beforehand, they are more attentive to it when proclaimed in the bigger community gathering! It is said that the word of God wants to speak to us every time it is proclaimed. Jesus wants issues resolved in a way that both parties respect preserve the dignity of each other. The voice of two or three may bring more weight and help the parties to realize that there is a better way forward. But again there must be respect and concern.