Tuesday 20 September 2022

About Today Readings

Ss Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and companions

Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands – Psalm 118(119):1, 27, 30, 34-35, 44. Luke 8:19-21.

Your mother and your brothers are standing outside

Philostorgius: I don’t get it, Jesus. In their sermons our priests are always banging on about the sacredness of the family. But you ignored your family and then rubbished them before a crowd of strangers. What gives?

Jesus: Well, l was telling the crowd how all-important it is to attend to God’s word, Philostorgius. Wouldn’t it have seemed odd if I had left them and begun to chat to my family?

Philostorgius: It certainly would have made them think. But isn’t that the whole point of preaching? What a great opportunity you missed, Jesus, to show how important it is to respect and love our family! Isn’t that one of the Ten Commandments?

Jesus: You have a good memory, Philostorgius. God calls us above all, though, to love one another, and to live by the Good News I preach. Our families often think that extreme and can distract us from what matters. Whom do you follow, Philostorgius, when you have to make a choice? Me or your family?

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