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07 July 2013: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus’ followers identified with the most indigent people in Galilee. Today’s gospel instructions were typical of Jesus. He was the first to live like that, without money or provisions, without a beggar's bag, without a staff, barefoot, and without a spare tunic.

The disciples were following his example – free of ties and possessions, identified with the poorest people in Galilee, completely trusting God and the people’s acceptance and seeking peace for everyone. And this would bring Jesus’ presence and the good news of God to the villages.

These instructions at the start about going out lightly clad taking no provisions and so forth means the missionaries will have to take the risk of relying on what hospitality they can find.

For their combat with the spiritual forces, no amount of earthly protection will be of any use. Like the armour of Saul that David first tried on before going to face the Philistine giant, Goliath, it will only get in the way and detract from being armed with the power of God. We are followers of Christ, are sent out in the same way to spread the good news of God’s healing presence and forgiving love. The Eucharist is our constant reminder of his enduring and saving power. As followers of Jesus, we can’t be casual about living the values of riches, honour and pride of the prevailing world around us.

We need to go out and find new ways to open the presence of God in everyday life. As Fr Dermot Preston, the Provincial of the British Jesuit Province says “you have got to respect where God has put people to begin with, so when you enter into their lives they may not be Christians, they may not be Catholics, wherever they are, whoever they are, that’s where they are by the grace of God thus far!” So therefore, any form of evangelisation that rubbishes what was there before is really doing damage to God’s creation.

An evangelisation needs to be able to have the sensitivity to enter into the lives of individuals and cultures to be able to see the world from their point of view.

If we let ourselves drift away from the gospel, we shall not be part of the new creation that God is calling us into being. May the tempo and texture of Pope Francis’ church embody the qualities of humility, simplicity and compassion under the banner of the cross of Jesus Christ.

Christianity is comforting but not comfortable.

 

Changes to Mass times

Our Parish priests will be at the Jesuit Province gathering in Sydney from 10 – 12 July 2013 therefore there will be no Masses during this time. There will only be a midday communion service.