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Showing posts with label Word. Show all posts

Sunday, April 22, 2018

A Homily – John 10:11 – 18 ©


The Gospel According to John – 2018.04.22


The Shepherd and the Sheep

There is wisdom and truth in the reading for today. There is also folly, misconstrual, fear, and lies.

Remember the beginning of Joh’s Gospel:
In the beginning was the Word
All things came to be through the Word
Not one thing came to be with the Word
In the Word was life, and light

Jesus is the Word of God, and the Word is the Good Shepherd, every sheep belongs to him.

There is not one sheep that is not a member of the sheep fold.

It is sad and unfortunate that the priests and the bishops of the Church, the hirelings who put themselves in positions of management forget this. They have done great harm to the People of God because of their fear, and their greed, and their shortsightedness.

They believed that were only responsible for a few of the sheep, when in reality that were tasked with protecting the whole.

Many of them, even from the earliest days of the church, presented themselves as Sheep And Shepherd to the community, but they were really rustlers and wolves who came to devour the flock; wounding and hurting it.

Remember, God does not love the shepherd because the shepherd laid down his life, but rather it is in recognition of God’s love and trust in God’s plan that the shepherd laid down his life.

Love preceded the sacrifice, the sacrifice did not engender love.


The Good Shepherd is One Who Lays Down His Life for His Sheep

Jesus said:

‘I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.

The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep.

‘I am the good shepherd; I know my own
and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.

And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well.

They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd.

‘The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.

No one takes it from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as it is in my power to lay it down, so it is in my power to take it up again; and this is the command I have been given by my Father.’

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Homily – John 1:6 – 8, 19 - 28 ©

The Gospel According to John – 2017.12.17


Prophetic Movements

The reading for today is revisionist narrative. It does not represent the teaching of Jesus.

It is false and propagandistic, it represents the worst tendencies of the early church to stifle dissent among its members and sweep its competitors, the followers of John among them, over the fast-hold of the threshing room.

Jesus was not God, the creator of the universe, and John was not sent by God to bar witness to anything.

John, and Jesus, like all prophets, bore witness to injustice and rose up to speak against it.

They were killed for it, put to death by the prevailing powers of their day.

In their heart, they heard the voice of God, in the same place where God dwells in each of us, as we were all created in the divine image, imago dei, we each bear a seed of God’s Word within us, and where God is present, God is present fully.

The light that John bore witness to, is a light that is within us all.

Christians are called to follow in the way of Jesus, as Jesus followed in the way of John; the way is a path of service, and sacrifice, be Christ like and anoint yourself with these, follow the light of these.


The Messenger, in the Wilderness

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.

This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then,’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied:

a voice that cries in the wilderness:

Make a straight way for the Lord.’

Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap.’ This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.



3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Homily – The Gospel of Luke 14:1 & 7 - 14 ©

The Gospel of the Day – 2016.08.28

The Place of Honor

On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’
  
Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’

(NJB)

Service to God

Remember yourself, you too are a sinner. No matter how great you think you are, or how virtuous and humble, how pious; you are sinner.

Be patient with others, and mindful of this at all times. Be watchful for the opportunities that come your way to serve others. Behold the stranger, the alien, the poor, the diseased, the criminal, the threat; behold them, and see the divinity that lies within them, the seed of the word of God that animates them. Yield to their divinity with a contrite heart, asking forgiveness for all of the pain and the hurt you have caused.

This is the way of God.


22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time