17th Week in Ordinary Time: Sunday 28th July 2019

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Open our eyes, Lord... help us to see your face ... in the poor and those in need!

17th Week in Ordinary Time: Sunday 28th July 2019

Gen. 18:20-32; Ps. 138(137):1-3,6-8;
Col. 2:12-14; Lk. 11:1-13 (Ps Wk I (Ps Wk I)

In the narratives of the Bible, apart from the events described, there is teaching for us about the ways in which we should behave. God says about Sodom and Gomorrah: “I propose to go down and see whether or not they have done what is alleged in the outcry against them.” Since God does not immediately believe every sin or fault that is alleged against someone, but requires further investigation, that is obviously a model for us to follow if we wish to be persons who are concerned with justice after the manner of God’s own heart. When Pope Francis was elected, almost immediately there were accusations against him, some of them published in what are supposed to be reputable and serious, responsible newspapers.

A reputable Catholic journalist has investigated the accusations and reveals that the accusers simply took some ideas that suited them and ignored quite a significant number of details that changed the whole perspective.

As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is committed to the faith which does justice. It is not enough to believe: we must ensure that our faith influences every aspect of our lives, ensuring that all we do is just and helps to create a more just society.

Lord, bless Pope Francis and his ministry so that the poor are cared for and our human society may become more humane and just.