“As we stand before the Lord,” Friar Frank Jasper says, “it doesn't matter what the color of our skin is or if we're rich or poor.” All that matters is what's in our hearts. What's most important is our own unique individuality.
Exegesis of the Gospel, Mk 6:7–13 Mark describes the process Jesus used to call his first disciples in 1:16–20. Jesus summoned four fishermen and immediately they left their fishing boats and pointed their lives in a new and challenging direction called discipleship. In today's Gospel the number of disciples has increased to 12. Jesus is going to authorize and empower them to assist him in the work of proclaiming the good news in word and by deed.
Exegesis of the Gospel: Mark 6: 1-6a An important theme running throughout the Gospel of Mark is Jesus being rejected by the very people who should accept and support him. His family thinks he is crazy (Mk 3:21), his hometown people think he is a fraud (Mk 6:1-6), his disciples flee from him at the moment he needs them most (Mk 14:50), and even God seems to have abandoned Jesus (Mk 15:34).
Exegesis of the 1st reading: Wis 1:13–15; 2:23–24 The wisdom promoted in this book is not the conventional kind associated with intellectual pursuits. In this book wisdom is living in right relationship with God. In its very first line this book challenges readers to love “righteousness” and to think of the Lord.
We know that God is a pure and infinite spirit. But Scripture also attributes human characteristics to him. In his wisdom, God wanted to be real for his children. He wanted to be someone we could hold on to. In God’s own words to us, he has described himself in physical images. For example, Jesus described the Father like a “hen who gathers her chicks safely under her wing” (Lk 13:34). It seems significant, too, that there are 122 references to the hands of God.
I’m always struck by the zealous insistence of fairness as a rule that ﬁrst appears in childhood when parents pronounce a decision that some child renders unjust: “That’s not fair!” Growing up with three younger brothers, this experience was all too common throughout my early life. Sometimes it was an older brother like me who was given extra leeway, which upset the younger siblings who wanted the same freedom. Other times it was the younger brothers who were permitted to do something or stay up later than the older siblings were at that age, which seemed unfair in retrospect. In both cases, the feeling was one of personal slight.
In the wake of the deadly attack in Las Vegas, a wide range of questions have emerged, such as: Where was God during this tragedy? How could God let this happen? And how do we find peace? Franciscan Father Pat McCloskey takes on those tough questions.
Early in the spring, when the sun first begins to warm the Earth, the sweet smelling fir trees growing high in the Mexican mountains begin to come alive with the sound of millions of fluttering wings. The Monarch butterflies, which have migrated all the way from Canada to find their safe haven amongst these branches, will awaken from their long winter’s nap.