Scripture Notes – Sunday – 26th September 2021

Anyone who is not against us is for us

 

The gospel is a straight continuation of the gospel of the previous Sunday, taking forward the teaching on discipleship. This time, the disciples have once again “lost the run of themselves” as we say. They have just failed in an attempted exorcism and still they object to an outsider successfully working deeds of power in Jesus’ name. More than ironic…

The temptation to exclusivity is not unknown in the subsequent history of Christianity and church. It takes courage (and is life-giving!) to see God’s Spirit at work beyond the boundaries set up by human traditions. There is something here for us all — especially in the light of Synod 2023. Can we discern God at work in our world around us?

The Readings

Some Inspiration

  1. The ancient Christian hymn “Where there is charity and love” is really wide open — wherever there is charity and love…! Here’s a contemporary instrumental version.
  2. The new Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Farrell, has published an important Pastoral Letter on climate change: The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor.

Many thanks

Thanks to all who support the Wexford cycle for the homeless. The day itself (18 September) went very well. Below is a pic with my nephew Jonathan, who was doing the cycle for the first time.

May the grace of God be with us all!

Kieran O’Mahony OSA