Sunday 9th September, 2012
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. G. Isaiah 35:4-7. Praise the Lord, my soul!. Ps 145(146):7-10. James 2:1-5. Mark 7:31-37 [St Peter Claver].
Readings: Text |
Do not let class distinction enter into your faith … In making this distinction among yourselves have you not used a corrupt standard?
‘Ephphatha’—be opened. The deaf man was open to the healing power of Jesus Christ and his life was changed forever. Isaiah reminds us that God changes everything. If we trust God, everything will be different and there will be no need to fear. God changes our perspective and we begin to see the world differently.
James teaches us that the way the world thinks isn’t necessarily God’s way. God has a heart for all people—not just the so-called ‘respectable’ ones. The next time we walk among our community, will our hearts see all of the people there? Will our hearts, minds and ears be open to the needs of those we may see as less desirable?