SOUL FOOD FOR HUNGRY ADULT COMMUNITIES:JUNE 23 2013. Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
See Mass Readings for this Sunday: Reading 1: Zecheriah 12:10-11, 13:1. Psalm 62:2-6,8-9; Reading 2: Galatians 3:26-29. Gospel: Luke 9:18-24.
What would the following have in common, this past week or two? Bill Gates, Bono, Desmond Tutu, Danny Boyle (Producer of the spectacular opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012), Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury? Add in Cafod, Christian Aid, and various other Christian agencies.
They were all joined in sending a message of solidarity to the G8 Summit, regarding hunger in the world, and the millions dying of hunger daily. It is part of the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF Campaign’. This campaign had a mass rally in Hyde Park in London, in the lead up to the G8 meeting. Click here for more information.
This past week, there has been the so-called G8 summit taking place near Enniskillen in the North of Ireland. The leaders of 8 countries have gathered: Canada, U.S.A., Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. They are the leaders of eight nations. Have they remembered that we are all one, on this planet Earth? That humans have needs, that there are millions who are hungry because of policies followed? That people need work and dignity and freedom? Please God, the Holy Spirit of God has been working in their hearts and minds and deliberations, because we are only one planet and we all need each other. And we cannot leave it to leaders. Leaders are servants of the people of the world.
Click here if you want to learn more about the ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign’. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/if-enough-food/if.aspx
Wonder how this Sunday’s readings might challenge us about our lives and communities and countries, and the G8 summit? You are invited to put your toe in the water of each reading, and see what the Lord is saying to you and to us all.
Can we see a thread through these readings, especially between the first, the Psalm, and the Gospel? That seems to be frequently the pattern between the chosen readings for the Sunday.
- Reading 1: ‘They will look on the one whom they have pierced… When that day comes, a fountain will be opened for the house of David and the citizens of Jerusalem,- (a fountain) for sin and impurity.’
- Gospel: ‘The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders…and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’
- And the Psalm: ‘O God, you are my God, for you I long, for you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you like a dry weary land without water. …For your love is better than life…My soul shall be filled as with a banquet.’
A thread can be seen between the piercing (of Christ’s side), the fountain for the whole people, the death and the resurrection of Jesus, and the longing, thirsting, pining, and the banquet for the soul. And the hungers of the world! Enough Food for Everyone,-IF!
And this comes from the recognition of Who Christ Jesus is,- ‘Yes, but who do you say that I am?’ And when we, with Simon Peter, look deeply at this man, and when we declare with our lips and believe with our hearts that ‘You are the Christ of God’,- the One Anointed and sent by God to the world,- then the fountain opens for us, and our longing, thirsting and pining is filled ‘as with a banquet’. We are then filled with the Spirit that was in the heart of Jesus, and who longs to fill our communities and world as well.
And then, we renounce our own independent living, and we become one person with Christ -(Paul uses the word unus, not unum, in Latin, meaning one person, not one thing)- and as one person in Christ and with him, and with our sisters and brothers all over the world, we too carry the cross of love and listening and obeying, even to dying to our selves for others.
Revisit now that second reading, Galatians 3:26-29: Galatians 3:26-29: ‘All baptized in Christ, you have all clothed yourselves in Christ, and there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one person in Christ. You are all of you sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus.’
There’s a resevoir of meaning in each of the readings for this Sunday. We can only drink a little from it, but it may become like a fountain of living water that will flow in our hearts from then on (see John 7:37-38), and from our hearts and communities out into the hungry and thirsting world that we share with others who are one with us.
And it all comes back to ‘Who do you say that I am?’
Fr. Seamus. firstname.lastname@example.org
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SEE ALSO THE ‘SOUL FOOD FOR YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITIES’ on this site, for this Sunday.