Monday, 28 October 2013

Symposium - the New Evangelisation - Part 1/3

The topic during our monthly Symposium this month was 'The New Evengalisation'. This first talk out of the three given on this topic is by Fr. Terence Crotty OP. The other two are by Rosemary Sword and Fr. Brian McKevit OP.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus is telling us in todays Gospel that we should be like the tax collector, and not like the pharisee. This might for us not be that much of a shock. Civil servants are defiantly not seen as sinners, and we are used to read in the Gospels that the pharisees are the ‘bad ones’ in the time of Jesus. Jesus is often told to associates with tax collectors, and even has an apostle who used to be a tax collector.
However in Jesus; time it was a shock! 

Tax collectors worked for the Roman Empire, and as such were seen as people who worked for the occupying forces. As we can read in many passages in the Gospels people counter tax collectors as sinner and Jesus is often rebuked for seeking association with them. It was well known that tax collectors had a set amount of revenue they had to bring in, and any surplus they kept themselves. They often charged people more then was due, and as such became very wealthy over the backs of others. The Pharisee, after his list of in-virtues behaviour of the rest of mankind, sees the tax collector as even worse.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Prayer? What is prayer?

(Luke 18:1-8)

What struck me mostly in the Gospel this week is when Jesus says at the end of the Gospel “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth”. The previous chapter of the Gospel is about how people lived their lives going about their business, but not thinking about what was to happen. There was no connection with the here and now, and the eternal reality which is God, and they found that their daily toil ended in nothing as suddenly the end came.

What is the alternative? Prayer, continual prayer so teaches Jesus.
When we don’t pray we don’t have real faith. We might have some believe, but faith is something more then believe. One of the priest I live with said once that faith is like a guide-stick, who somebody who is blind uses. It guides you along live, prevents you from straying from the right path, but nevertheless it does not give you sight of where you are going.

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