Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time  Year B  28 October 2018

What do you want me to do for you?

Jericho! Only 15 or so miles from Jerusalem, all uphill, with an occasional obstacle like robbers. It features several times in the Gospel; we locate the Good Samaritan on this road. Remember the man up the tree. On this occasion the Passover is coming, and Jesus is deliberately “going up” where he will be “lifted up”. This is the last of his teachings about faith and discipleship on the road. The rest in Mark happens in Jerusalem, the killer of the Prophets. In one sense, Jesus is preparing the people for a new era, the way of the Cross, the way of rejection by the locals, the way of betrayal by his own chosen disciples, the way of death by the Jewish and Roman authorities.

What do you want me to do for you?

I suggest we can update the scene a little and recognise that in the call of the Plenary Council we are being invited to go up to our Jerusalem and that, in some sense, we Catholics are the new Bartimaeus. I would ask you to imagine you are sitting on the road, your faith recognises the call. What do you cry out?

The call has gone out that we are invoking the Holy Spirit to help us see again.

What do you cry out?

What is it you believe needs to happen to get our beloved Church back in the market place?

This week I had a germ of an idea. By way of illustration, I would like the Plenary Council to encourage all Church communities to organise themselves to have their Church open for at least one hour a day. To have it manned so that greetings can be shared and explanations given as to why we have the signs and symbols that we do. That this is a movement of the whole Church community. We are all equally baptised. It may not take away all our blind spots, but it would be interesting to see the changes in our community. Surely, we have a minimum of seven people in our faith group that can give one hour a week to “open the doors”! It is an idea that I will send to the organising committee.

What is your idea?

How can we see again?

Son of David, have pity on me!

Let’s us make a loud collective cry!

 

Mons Frank

Trinity Sunday Year B  27 May 2018

On one level, the Liturgy reminds us of the great revelation that we have pondered and acknowledged, week by week, since Christmas. Today we celebrate our new understanding of the nature of God, hidden from people from the beginning, but revealed in, and by, the person of Jesus of Nazareth.  So, we do affirm the Triune nature of our God exhibiting, in our human words, characteristics associated with Fatherhood, Sonship, and Spirit.

Ultimately it is about relationship.

Our human experience understands the gift of life brought by husband, received and nurtured by wife and their mutual Love gifts the family, community, and world with a new person. We can try to understand the Triune God in a similar way.

On another level, can we consider the Trinity to be a model for how we change the world? Could we all approach our task to make disciples (whatever that means) by bringing gifts to the table, not threats or demands? By creating that climate, we may see a response in love, not in fear? Then the result may be a completely new concept approved and embraced by all.

Human relationships, at the moment, are often tainted by threats, fears, jealously and a desire to have things my way. Thus, ends a proposed summit or tax cut or negotiations on a house loan.

All see the numerous break downs in relationships. We often make judgements as to why. Perhaps a revisit of the Trinity Model may encourage us to make a new start. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea. There were difficulties in the beginning, but the revealed Truth is still being proclaimed. Our God is relational and is love!

We are called to reflect that Truth.

Mons Frank