Twenty Fourth Sunday of the Year – A

A woman, pushing on in years, boasted to her pastor that she did not have an enemy in the world. He was very impressed. What a wonderful thing to be able to say after all those years! And then she added with some satisfaction ‘I suppose it’s because I have outlived them all’. If we live long enough we too may be able to make a similar claim. The real question is, has she forgiven all her enemies.  That’s what the Gospel asks of us today, that we forgive those whom we once regarded as enemies.  We have all been hurt in some way or other on life’s journey… made fun of in school by a teacher, not invited to a particular wedding, didn’t get the job we hoped to get, or even been betrayed by someone we trusted, or been physically abused … and so on. Continue reading

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Pentecost Sunday – A

Pentecost is truly a wonderful feast.  It is that magnificent moment of wind, fire, power and miraculous transformation.  It is truly the new age of the Spirit when all is changed, changed utterly.  The Apostles are at the heart of it just as they were at the heart of all those strange happenings when a certain Jesus of Nazareth walked the roads of Galilee and spoke of new thoughts, new deeds, and new things.  Now, these new deeds are taking place.  Now they are walking the talk.  And the response is nothing short of amazing.  People from the four corners of the earth are hearing them in their own language. This is the reverse of the Tower of Babel which was famous for the division and the breakdown of community; famous for the multiplication of languages so that people no longer knew or understood each other.  Now everyone understands the Apostles in their own tongue.  Here is the great gathering together of the nations of the world once more.  All nations, peoples, tribes and cultures are brought together and celebrate their common heritage in Christ.  We are now all brothers and sisters in the family of God, whether Jew or Greek, slave or free, woman or man.  There is no longer any distinction that favours one at the expense of the other.  Continue reading

Eleventh Sunday – Year C

Let’s begin with a romantic couple on the verge of getting married.  They are walking by a tranquil lakeshore and discussing and dreaming about their future life together; about where to live and building a home, about having children and sharing their lives into hopefully a long and blessed future.  Then, at one point in the conversation, she turns to him and asks tentatively, “Could you forgive me if I were unfaithful?  He replies rather quickly, “Of course, I would.  I love you too much not to!” Continue reading