Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 10, 2018

June 10, 2018: The 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  A central theme in Mark’s gospel is how Jesus’ hearers fail to comprehend the deeper meanings of his words and actions.  Today we hear how both his family and the religious leaders misunderstand who Jesus was and what he was doing. Jesus contrasts the “unclean spirits” (Satan) and the “holy spirit” (God’s spirit of justice and mercy). Attributing his ministry to Satan is refusing to accept the reign of God present in him, denying the power of God’s Spirit - and is “blasphemy.” Everyone, in whom God has breathed life, possesses the spirit of God.  To deny that spirit, to reject the natural state of goodness possessed by all, is “blasphemy.”

Jesus comes as the means of unity among God’s people, to reconcile humanity to God and to one another, and  to instill a deeper appreciation of our sacred dignity as being made in God’s image. Sometimes we act out of a self-centeredness that is of “Satan” and not out of the compassionate spirit of of Jesus--and, without fail, the “house” we have built out of such selfishness collapses in anger and hurt.  If a house is to stand, it must be constructed out of forgiveness, humility and generosity, with care for the whole “family,” not just oneself.

Are we open to the Holy Spirit?  Do we recognize the presence of the Spirit in each person in whom God has breathed life? How do we show care for the common good?

“It is imperative that no one...indulge in a merely individualistic morality. The best way to fulfill one's obligations of justice and love is to contribute to the common good according to one's means and the needs of others, and also to promote and help public and private organizations devoted to bettering the conditions of life.”  

-- Gaudium et Spes ("The Church in the Modern World", Vatican II), #30

Our parish is beginning a process of discernment, as are all the parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville.  We ask you to keep this process in your personal prayer, that we can assess where the Spirit is leading us, and how we can best adjust our strategic plan and goals accordingly.

Prayer for Parish Discernment

God of mercy and source of all wisdom, we ask your blessing on our parish discernment journey:

May we be a place to encounter you in Word, Sacrament and Service.

May we be a “family of families,” diverse and yet one.

May we embrace lifelong learning, formed by Church teaching.

May we be people of charity, justice, and peace – authentic witnesses to the dignity of life and the common good.

May we grow in holiness by sharing your Good News with others and serving those who are most in need, both within our parish and beyond its boundaries.

May we celebrate your abundant gifts and be good stewards of all that you have given us.

May we be a community that exists not for ourselves, but for your saving mission.

Most of all, may we embody your son Jesus, alive in our midst.

As we seek to discern the spiritual and material needs of our parish, help us to pray fervently, listen attentively, and decide where you are calling us to go.

We ask this through your son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

The Readings:

  • Gen 3: 9-15. Those guilty of sin are often the first to cast blame on others...  How do we understand why there is evil in the world, and how it got here? Through free will, sin enters the world and estranges us from God, each other and creation.  Despite human sin and its consequences, goodness and immortality shall prevail for those who believe.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1. Faith that impels the believer to witness to Christ is the faith that will move mountains... Paul’s faith sustained him through every trial, and he is impelled by it, with irrepressible joy and hope.  Preaching incarnation and resurrection, Paul encourages us to recognize the goodness of the body as created (and raised) by God: in our earthly bodies, we carry the seeds of eternity. We can look with perspective on the sufferings of this life as a prelude to eternity.

  • Mark 3:20-35. Good deeds and good words are the fruits of a good heart...Neither religious leaders nor family members fully understand who Jesus was and what he was doing.  Attributing his ministry to Satan is refusing to accept the reign of God as present in Jesus, denying the power of salvation and the Spirit of God. Jesus called his disciples to experience the reign of God in him, and to be--by faith--brother and mother and sister to him.  

 

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