Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

Doesn’t Paul’s letter to the Galatians seem like an appropriate and somewhat eerie message for the beginning of the 2014 Synod of Bishops? Similarly, doesn’t that Gospel on “and who is my neighbor” take on again an eerie tone in light of that synod? First for Paul’s letter there is that reminder of whose message that apostle is delivering; It is not his own, but rather the message of Jesus Christ. The eeriness of that message today is because perhaps those bishops in Rome also need reminder of whose gospel they are to preach. It is not their own, but that of Jesus Christ. The division of those bishops is mirrored in the fractured landscape of Jerusalem and Samaria that is used in Christ’s answer to “and who is my neighbor.” Today that same fractured landscape is gathered in Rome. Instead of Jerusalem versus Samaria though, it is traditionalist, versus progressive, liberal versus conservative, old world versus new. Paul’s reminder that he delivered to the Galatians, is also suitable reminder for those bishops today. The reminder is that they are not to deliver a message as a political representative for a group of constituents, but instead reaffirm and deliver that message of Christ. They are not to rewrite that message, or even reinterpret it. They are to reaffirm their commitment to it as Apostles of Christ, and perhaps reinvent ways of delivering that message to a new generation. What is going on in that synod today is really nothing new.
gal 1:6-12

lk 10:25-37

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