Homily Fourteenth Sunday of the Year C 3rd July, 2016
First reading Isaiah 66:10-14.
Responsorial Psalm 65:1-7,16,20. “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.”
Second reading. Galatians 6:14-18.
Gospel. Luke 10:1-12,17-20.
This weekend we continue to pray for World Peace. It has been a week of tumult, with new and shocking acts of violence and terrorism, particularly the attacks in Istanbul, Turkey.
Also, on a totally different level, but still of concern to many, there has been upheaval economically and politically in the UK and Europe. We pray for continued understanding and respect and reverent negotiations between all parties, as well as a profound sense of tolerance and fraternity with other nations, races and cultures.
The gospel this weekend shows Our Lord teaching his disciples to “travel lightly.” If we avoid being overly attached to material possessions and if we are not caught up on "power and authority," we can successfully proclaim and witness to true peace, justice and the values of God’s Kingdom.
Our Lord knew intuitively that people who are attached to possessions, personal comfort and power will be more tempted to water-down the gospel message and tone down the values of the Kingdom for fear of the economic and social consequences of offending the status-quo or upsetting the influential.
If I value my possessions too much, I will hesitate to proclaim the gospel boldly for fear of forfeiting my valuables when persecuted for my stance. If I value power, I will not be keen to humble myself to the level of a servant, as Christ did. If I value my life too much, the truth and the justice of the gospel will be silenced by the merest threat to life, liberty or well-being by those who hate this message.
There is certainly something free-ing and light about ‘travelling lightly’. Many of you have no-doubt done this at different times…. But, over the last months I have been progressively "down-sizing my life"… Over the years I had collected about 27 large boxes of “things” as well as heaps of clothes and “knick-knacks.” Whenever I moved I did not have the time I would have liked to sort things extensively, so everything would be collected into storage boxes, some of which I hadn’t touched from one move to the next. It became a bit daunting.. and I am by no means a hoarder… Over the years I felt “crowded out” and “weighed down” by these possessions, these ‘things’. The thought of making a move for the purposes of new ministry would fill me with hesitation, when I thought of packing up…. And to change the situation, I needed the time to sort through these items, in order to sift through them. I eventually made the time and one-by-one, sorted through those 27 boxes.. Throwing out junk, scanning important documents, donating to Saint Vincent de Paul charity stores things that might be useful for others… just making a start and slowly, methodically whittling away at these items, I was astounded … after sifting through these things and sorting…. Any guesses what I was left with after I had sorted through the 27 boxes?.... I can hardly believe it myself… but I was literally left with a quarter of a small plastic storage box; that was all that remains of those 27 boxes… (I must say a lot of it was rubbish, but I needed to check everything before casting it out, and I needed to securely destroy any documents that were confidential and could not be just dumped). And it is done!! .. and true to the gospel it is much easier to move about with a “quarter-filled” box with a few key papers, than 27 large storage boxes…. (I must admit, I think I am now addicted to throwing things out.. I walk around thinking.. “that could go…” “do I need that?”.,… it can become very tempting…)…
But anyways, Our Lord really knew what he was talking about. Jesus wants us to travel light, (Not just in regards possessions, but also other spiritual and emotional baggage that we can tend to get bogged down with).
I find the second reading by Saint Paul a bit mysterious. Paul was writing a very important message to the people of Galatia. There were tensions in the community, and Paul’s letter is a passionate, loving and sometimes stern masterpiece of writing… to get across the message of the gospel to the arguing people. Saint Paul tells people that they shouldn’t get bogged down on focusing on external signs of religiousness, unless one keeps the meaning of the gospel. He is so passionate he even says at the end of it.. see… look its my own handwriting.. see the big letters….… (I am so old and hard of sight now.. but I am so moved by this issue, I am scribbling this down myself….in my own hand.. I have taken the writing implement from my usual scribe… .)….he then goes on to reminds them, and us, that some people wear the signs of faith but don’t live it…. They wear the signs of membership of God’s people in the Jewish faith, but only to avoid being persecuted by the Romans for being Christian. He says, enough of this. No more trouble on this topic… look.. the cross of Christ shows us the meaning of true discipleship… if you want signs.. look at the signs on my body, says Paul, of what I have suffered for proclaiming the gospel…. He had been through shipwreck, imprisonment, floggings, and so much more…
Finally, in the gospel, the seventy-two disciples come back successful. They are delighted that the spirits deferred to them. But Jesus seems to warn them… don’t give in to pride and don’t gloat over your power… our achievements are all about God’s grace… Jesus says a strange comment here… he says, I saw Satan fall from heaven. He may be saying, watch out.. one of the angels fell from heaven because of pride… don’t fall for that yourselves.. its not about you and your power and ability, it is about allowing God’s grace and peace to work in and through you… it needs humility, openness and also not going around looking at what I can get out of this or that situation…
Only by this humility, simplicity, and openness to serve and travel lightly, can be more fully allow God’s grace to work in us, as instruments in the hand of the Divine artist.
Fr Paul W. Kelly
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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year C
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you are the image of the unseen God: Lord, have mercy.//You are the firstborn of all creation: Christ, have mercy//You are the head of the body, the Church: Lord, have mercy//
1. We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection, until you come again.
2. When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.
3. Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.
Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
Blessed be God for ever.
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.
Sundays Ordinary IV p.30
Eucharistic Prayer I p.49
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
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