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14th Sunday of the Year C

Today’s Mass Readings

14th Sunday of the Year C

Luke 10: 1-12-;17-20

Isolation is no fun. We are not meant to be alone.

No man is an island.

I think it was in Winnie-the-Pooh where Piglet, the wise philosopher said,

“It’s friendlier with two.”

 

Belonging and community are so important for our social development.

Families that nurture are suitable for their members and for society.

Neighbors who look after each other make for safer neighborhoods.

 

The same is true for nations who are in partnership with one another

than isolated governments who hold hostile positions

to countries beyond their borders.

Peace is more likely to reign when people cooperate and support each other.

 

How true the opposite occurs where mutual support is missing?

Gender violence, racial wars, ethnic hatred,

oppression of one class by another

all flow from the insistence on keeping power or privilege

at the disposal of one group only.

When two sides of society pull apart,

fear and suffering for all parties are inevitable.

All people or groups do is point fingers at each other.

 

This rift goes back to the beginning

where sin isolates male against female

and they blame each other for their failures.

 

Humankind is given another chance after Noah and his ark

but our arrogance to be like God and build a tower to heaven

creates a diversity of languages that makes it impossible

to understand their own kind.

 

With peace, justice and equality forfeited,

one side, the side with the power for the moment,

seeks an advantage over the other and

domination and oppression take hold of our souls.

People, usually the little guy, always gets hurt.

 

Is there a way off this seesaw into a balance of harmony

where we can care for each other again?

Where we can put the person before our agenda?

You bet there is and we are celebrating it this moment.

 

The redistribution of wealth and privilege in the reign of God provides the blueprint:

The first become last, the adult becomes like the child,

the poor receive the good news for a change,

healing comes to the sick, and new life to the dead.

This redistribution is by no means the easy way to peace,

but Jesus assures us it is the only way.

 

How long will it take to prepare the world to translate these terms into viable politics?

 

Jesus sent out 72 disciples and everyone back then

knew that it pointed to all the nations of the earth.

He sent them out two by two.

 

What is their message?

“Peace to this household.”

It’s up to the residents to decide

if they wish to welcome this blessing,

as Jesus warns.

 

Say those disciples rang our doorbells today?

Would their peace remain with us or

would we continue the terrible choices of our ancestors? –

unforgiving, arrogant, fearful of our neighbors,

condemn cultures we don’t understand

and people who are not like us must be misguided

or just evil.

 

Let’s all consider these 72 disciples knocking today

on the doors of our hearts.

They are forerunners of Jesus.

Welcoming them, we welcome him.

Closing our doors on them is closing our door on Christ.

 

Let’s do more than receive the peace of Christ.

Let’s deliver it in pairs ourselves.

Some are paired by marriage;

some by parent and child;

some are rich, and some are poor;

some are Catholic, and some are Protestant;

some are teacher and student;

others are siblings, and the list goes on.

 

If we don’t reach across the aisle to the other

in whatever circumstance we find ourselves,

the peace we bear in this Eucharist with Jesus

remains only an illusion.

 

Remember,

it’s friendlier with two and outright impossible alone.

Resource:

Prepare the Word.

 

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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