Nutshells

Nutshells.

 

Fr. Robert’s brief reflection on the gospel for this Sunday, 31th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 10th November.

 

Theme: No Divine Formula and The Fallen.

 

The Liturgical readings for this Sunday may not appear obvious for Remembrance Sunday; so I would like to separate the two occasions.

 

Firstly, this Sunday’s gospel:  Luke may be making a point here that there’s no formula for the faith.  2 + 2 doesn’t make 5  You can’t navigate an argument to arrive at a conclusion that you may be wanting to find.  In fact, our Lord give a general reply to the Sadducees that could appear to deflate their argument by saying, “He is God, not of the dead, but of the living: for to him all people are in fact alive”

 

Secondly: This Sunday, across the nation and world, thousands of people will gather to remember the fallen of two world wars and conflicts afterwards.  It was in 1919 and originally called Armistice Day, that the nation first stood still, in silence, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month to honour the dead who shed their blood on the battle fields of World War 1.  Today we pay the same tribute, we stand still and remember that sacrifice, for “At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them”                  

 

Key Words:

 

Sadducees:  A priestly sect, and members of a Jewish community that denied the resurrection.

 

Armistice Day.  It was at 0545 am on the 11th November 1918 that the armistice was signed, to take effect at 11.00 a.m. that same day, thus bringing the First World War to an end.

 

 Fr. Robert.

 

Fr. Robert’s brief reflection on the gospel for this Sunday, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 27th October.

 

Theme: Hospitality.

 

In first century Palestine showing hospitality was revealed in a number of ways.  The rich offered great feasts, with people sitting in order of social standing.  The poor made people feel welcome in their homes by washing their feet and offering them a place at their tables.

 

In this weeks gospel, Jesus receives hospitality from a person who one might expect to have kept a distance from the Messiah.  Zacchaeus was a tax collector, and a senior one at that.  As I stated last week, tax collectors were not liked, as their methods of collecting taxes were often harsh and brutal.

 

Yet it’s to this man that Jesus changed his plans and asked to stay with him.

 

It’s through the unexpected offers of hospitality that one can often find greater rewards.

 

“Treat all guests as if it were the Lord you were entertaining”. This saying is taken from one of the rules of The Benedictine Order.

 

So, with Christmas just around the corner, maybe the gospel for this Sunday will remind us that we must show hospitality., However, as followers of Jesus of Nazareth, we must go that extra mile and open our doors, hearts, and wallets to show his love to all of his creation, not just our chosen ones.         

 

 

Key words:  Hospitality - root meaning “host”

                  

 

 Fr. Robert.




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