Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

(Hebrews 10:1-10; Mark 3:31-35)

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews tries to convince his readers to stay with the Church.  Some were likely reverting to Judaism.  In today’s reading the author argues that Christ’s sacrifice was much more effective than those offered in the Temple.  After all, it says, Christ did what the Scriptures claim that God wants.  He fulfilled the will of God.

Today many Catholics are likewise leaving the Church.  Arguments using Scripture will probably not hold them close.  Perhaps the beauty of Church art or music keeps some from going.  Others might stay because of saints like Mother Teresa.  But most of all, people remain Catholic because of the fellowship they enjoy in the parish.  They appreciate their relationships with other members as well as with priests and other ministers.  In a world adrift, they find themselves solidly anchored near an island of caring.

Those reading these homilettes have a critical role in keeping these people moored.  They have freely to share not Bible stories but their lived experiences.  They should listen to others’ needs and describe how theirs have been met through faith.  In doing so, they will exhibit love and inspire hope.  Humans find it difficult to walk away from these intangibles which they most deeply desire.