Moving House: One of the benefits derived from this unwelcome exercise is getting rid of all the junk accumulated since our last move. It could perhaps be argued that people's dread of moving is directly proportionate to the amount of stuff they have gathered...
Sunday Homily Resources
Sunday Readings, in summary and in full (NRSV); plus sample homilies from various authors. If you can send me good stuff, I’ll use it here. For “Lectio Divina” reflections on the text of the Sunday readings please see http://www.tarsus.ie/page6/index.html (Fr. Kieran O’Mahony’s excellent Biblical Resources website).
Fr Pat Rogers cp, Mount Argus, Dublin.
God sent his only Son, not to condemn but to save us.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life."
Have you noticed how long the gospels are, these Sundays? Today it's about central issues of the message and mission of Jesus. It is about love, friendship, life and death. There are some beautiful human touches, like when Jesus wept for his friend Lazarus, or when their encounter reveals a warm relationship between himself and Martha and Mary...
Looking on from a distance..
There is great hostility in the story we have just heard, all of it directed against Jesus. There is the hostility of the chief priests, of the Roman soldiers, of those who passed by and jeered as he hung from the cross. Alongside the hostility of those who rejected Jesus, there is the failure of those who had been closest to him.