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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Fr. Frank X. Reitzel, C.R.

 

I think it is fair to say that when we attend Holy Mass we will find that the celebrant frequently uses Eucharistic Prayer #2. If we listen closely we will hear the words “like the dewfall”. This signals and sums up for us the history of the Old Testament and our teaching of the Eucharist. The readings for each Sunday have been carefully selected for each year and are intended to spell out for us the life-death-resurrection of Jesus.

 

The Jeremiah passage is one of his famous “Confessions” which he shared with his followers. He was torn with grief; he felt and said that God had tricked him. In fact he used a very strong word: “duped;” in Hebrew the verb “dupe” can mean to deceive or to seduce. This strong word indicates how much Jeremiah was torn with grief. God’s word made the prophet a fool, a laughingstock of Jerusalem. He had recommended that they should surrender rather than defend themselves. He is tempted to abandon his prophetic office. But God seized him and the prophecy is like a raging fire in his heart. He cannot but express it.

 

Paul had known a similar fire and urged the Roman Christians to hold fast to their faith. Their criterion must be Christ, not a set of human regulations. In Jesus they will be capable of finding God’s plan for them.

 

In the Gospel we learn of a similar struggle in Jesus Himself. But when Peter, who had just recently at Caesarea Philippi declared his faith in Jesus as the Son of God, could not accept the new teaching of Jesus about His suffering and death. But Jesus also was suffering with the contemplation of His own passion. He almost screamed at Peter: “Get behind me, Satan”. Peter has become a stumbling block to Jesus. The mention of Jerusalem is significant since it had become the city of martyred prophets of earlier times; and St. Matthew’s earlier reference (v.14) to Jeremiah indicates that he recognizes that Jesus and Jeremiah have very much in common.

 

Peter, on the other hand, cannot accept the implications of the Son of Man that Jesus has proposed; and he flares out against the prophetic teaching of Jesus. Much later, Peter, as the rock, must communicate Jesus’ teachings as Jesus taught them and not as human plans and programs.

 

In Jeremiah and in Jesus we discover that losing is finding. By losing Himself for His Father He found Himself; the apparent loss became an unimaginable gain. In Jesus, as in

Jeremiah, losing always ends in finding.

 

Married people who are able to link the Son of Man with their Mr and Mrs also lose themselves for each other and find themselves anew. At Holy Mass, at the Eucharist, we experience the moment when Jesus totally loses Himself in the Father’s will and totally finds Himself in us. Eucharist challenges us, the community, to accept Jesus’ way and become bread and wine for others. In Eucharist we lose self and find the other. Losing is finding.

 

“‘Celebrating the Word’ is an apostolate of the Congregation of the Resurrection [Resurrectionists], which makes this faith-sharing resource available without cost. To read the full issue, or some of our recent back issues, please visit:

http://resurrectionists.ca/celebrating-the-word

09 – September 3, 2017

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4th Sunday in Lent

By Fr. Tim Uniac, C.R.

Today in Samuel we see the beginnings (the roots) of David’s rise to power following his anointing as the future king, while the power of the current king, Saul, would begin to weaken. The anointing of David signals that a period of transition will begin, a transition from the tribal days of Joshua, ultimately leading to a centralized state under David. Yet there are undertones of fear in the passage today. While Samuel appears to be a confident and strong messenger of the Lord, he is in fact fearful that Saul will hear of the anointing of David and there will be repercussions. The undertones of fear are further reinforced when immediately following the anointing, David himself will flee in order to avoid Saul. While in hiding, the power of David would grow while he stayed in the deserts of Judah offering protection to the southern tribes. Not until the death of Saul, in the battle of Mount Gilboa, would the succession of David begin.

Today’s passage from Ephesians is from a section of the letter dealing with living the Christian life in the world (4:1-6:20). In particular the section today looks at the old life of darkness (pre-Christ) and contrasts it with the new life as “children of light”. The message is clear and straightforward: “Live as children of light … and Christ will shine on you.” We are called to have nothing to do with “the unfruitful works of darkness”. Our call is one of “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead!”

The gospel passage is from a section of John known as the “Book of Signs”. In this section the true identity of Jesus is being both disputed and revealed through the works/signs Jesus is carrying out. Here in this section we see the healing of the cripple (5:1-47), the feeding of the five thousand (6:1-70), the raising of Lazarus (11:1-44), and today’s passage where the blind man is healed (9:1-41). There are four things of importance in today’s passage worth noting (there are others but these four points are key). One, the notion that the man was being punished with blindness because of sin is totally refuted by Jesus. Two, the giving of sight happens on the Sabbath day, a fact that so “blinded” the Pharisees it was all they could see. Three, blindness and fear resulted in the man being driven away. And four, perhaps the most important point of the entire gospel, all of the events in the gospel today lead to the powerful proclamation by the man: “Lord, I believe.”

“‘Celebrating the Word’ is an apostolate of the Congregation of the Resurrection [Resurrectionists], which makes this faith-sharing resource available without cost. To read the full issue, or some of our recent back issues, please visit:

http://resurrectionists.ca/celebrating-the-word

03 – March 26, 2017