I believe that the call of Pope Francis to ask the Church, you and I, to rediscover the “smell of the sheep” was truly prophetic and in the tradition of this Sunday’s Gospel passage.
Trump begins his new administration at the centre. Jesus began his at the periphery. And in recent history Cardijn began his with the workers. Caffarel was asked by some couples to begin his in their homes to follow on the periphery.
It must have been a great temptation for any young or old preacher to hit the Temple in Jerusalem first. It was the centre. The important Government and religious leaders were all there. It was the City of David. It was the City of learning, yet Jesus went to Galilee, a small area about forty-five miles north to south with the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee as one border and the Samaritans on the south. Later generations will reflect that the sea border was inhabited by the Syro-Phoenicians! For one sent to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel” there is a lesson in where the greater part of Jesus’s ministry was worked out. So often he was only on the “way up to Jerusalem”.
I write this in the wake of the terrible incident in Melbourne; many reflections and opinions will be offered in days ahead…our Gospel this day, reminds us that He went “proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people.”
Still lots of work to be done.
In the meantime, we support those families who suffer the loss of their members and we strive to offer a hand of hospitality to all those traumatised.
There is still work on the periphery.