TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Jesus_The_Good_Shepherd_Byzantine_IconDear Brothers and Sisters,
Both the first reading today and the Gospel speak about the difficulties of accepting the teachings of God.

The Book of Joshua is speaking about a rededication of the people to the Lord. Joshua is very clear to the people:
the choice is yours. If you want to serve the Lord, then come with me. If you don’t want to serve the Lord our God, then go your own way. This choice is ours today as well.
There are teachings of the Church which we need to accept in order to remain with the Church. If we don’t accept them, then we should go our own way and not continue to call ourselves
Catholic. This is such a difficult decision today when lots of us will say: I am a Catholic but I don’t agree with all the teachings of the Church.
In the Gospel today we see Jesus speaking to his followers and asking them if they can really accept what He has been saying. What Jesus has been saying is about the Holy Eucharist, about His presence in the bread, about His relationship to the Father–and basically about how God loves us. The teaching of Jesus was too difficult for many of his disciples and they left Him at this point. The teachings of our Catholic Church are also difficult for many.

You and I are all challenged to keep struggling with the Scriptures so that we can encounter the living God present there. We must also struggle with our Catholic Church because it is the
living presence of Christ present in our world today. In order to struggle, we must be humble and accept that I personally do not have all the answers and that even my way of thinking may need
conversion.

Father Jesus