Speak Lord: Teacher

Jesus Avignon Palais des Papes

The first reading at Mass today, the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time, offers very simple practical advice.

My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver.

The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power of the Lord is, he accepts the homage of the humble.

There is no cure for the proud man’s malady, since an evil growth has taken root in him. The heart of a sensible man will reflect on parables, an attentive ear is the sage’s dream.

Ecclesiasticus 3:19-21,30-31

It is advice in the art of being human. Sometimes we are so taken up with ‘how Jesus is God’ that we neglect to give equal attention to ‘how Jesus is human’. It is in living our humanity to the full, fulfilling its every potential for love and care, that we are helped – by God’s grace – to progress in holiness, to deepen our lived communion with Jesus: Fully human, fully divine.

  • Where / How / When might you be more human?

Fresco. Palais des Papes, Avignon. (c) 2015), Allen Morris

Taste and See: Living by faith

St ColumbcilleYesterday’s psalm, that set for the 12th Sunday in Year B, reminds of the challenges to ordered, fruitful life, and the power of God to protect and save.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!

Some sailed to the sea in ships
to trade on the mighty waters.
These men have seen the Lord’s deeds,
the wonders he does in the deep.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!

For he spoke; he summoned the gale,
tossing the waves of the sea
up to heaven and back into the deep;
their souls melted away in their distress.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!

Then they cried to the Lord in their need
and he rescued them from their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper:
all the waves of the sea were hushed.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!!

They rejoiced because of the calm
and he led them to the haven they desired.
Let them thank the Lord for his love,
for the wonders he does for men.

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever. or Alleluia!

Psalm 106:23-26,28-32

In the Gospel passage we heard yesterday Jesus sounded genuinely astonished at the lack of faith displayed by the disciples. In his human nature Jesus himself had grown and matured into a deep personal faith. It is a journey he helps us on.

  • Where are we on that journey?
  • What helps us move forward?
  • What holds us back?

Photograph of window depicting St Columbcille in church dedicated to him, on Tory Island, Ireland. (c) 2002, Allen Morris.