• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Friday, 30 August 2019 10:58

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Written by Fr Frank Gerry SVD

Fr Frank Gerry SVD 150

I feel blessed to admit there is very little need for comment in today’s readings. They speak for themselves!

Do you mind if I simply repeat part of what you have already heard or read? The simple wisdom of the words speaks to the heart of us!

The first reading from Ecclesiasticus, one of the Wisdom Books of the Hebrew Bible, counsels:

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. (Sir. 3:17- 21)

Let those words sink in like an anointing of precious ointment. Don’t be afraid of the assurance they express. For from deep within us we know the truth they express. And as Holy Scripture assures us, “The truth will set us free” (Jn. 8:32).

Truth is an empowerment, a trusted companion. It will accompany us as we travel.

The second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews speaks of where that journey leads us -- to God, to Jesus, and the saints. Our destination is nothing less than that!

Finally, the Gospel passage speaks again of a sense of reality with regard to oneself. Don’t put yourself in the higher place at a banquet. Know your place! That is to say, ‘Stay among the ordinary, the also-ran, the down-to-earth!’ That acknowledged truth, as I have already indicated, will set you free to welcome better things if, in time, they present themselves!
There is a lot of simple wisdom inherent in today’s readings. Worth pondering!