A paradox lies at the heart of the Christian good news: to achieve life in abundance, we have to let go of our life. It is sharply expressed in our Gospel this Sunday: We are told “to hate” not only life itself, but also father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters. Jesus did not preach hate, of course. It may well be that today the experience of family division over faith and faith practices makes this difficult Gospel expectedly relevant again. Courageous choices may encounter opposition.
Philemon is a very interesting letter and could also be the basis for a reflection or homily. It would require a setting of the scene and some special care in presentation, but it would be immensely worthwhile. St Paul comes across as a real and warm human being.
Listening to the Gospel commentary
Click on this link and it will take you a sound file of the Gospel notes: https://soundcloud.com/user-679942596/ot16c23.
Wexford Cycle: 17 September 2016
The annual Wexford Cycle is in support of Peter McVerry SJ and his Welcome Home project for homeless young people. As usual, I’m doing the cycle and, if you wish, you may contribute online here: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/kieran-s-wexford-cycle-2016#/?_k=6pcu9q.
You can find out more about the kind of work Welcome Home undertakes on this link: https://www.pmvtrust.ie/welcomehome/,
With very best wishes,
Dr Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA
Biblical Studies Coordinator Holy Cross Diocesan Centre Clonliffe Road Dublin D03 P2E7