Today, we are firmly, liturgically, in Ordinary Time, Week 7. The Gospel returns to Mark, the primary Gospel on Sundays in Year B. The Gospels for weekdays all follow this pattern: the public life of Jesus unfolds as told by each of the Synoptic Gospel writers staring with Mark, then Matthew, then Luke. For example. we continue with Mark through Week 9. Then, in Week 10, we go to the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry as told by Matthew. Matthew will continue through Week 21, then Luke picks up in Week 22 through the end of the Liturgical Year.
At Pentecost, God reversed the disaster of Babel that divided and confused the unity of the human family. The Holy Spirit makes known to all peoples the one true God, and so creates from the many languages of people one voice to profess one faith. This is the wonderful thing that began on Pentecost Sunday. It is the Holy Spirit who binds us together and helps us witness to Christ in the world.
It is interesting that despite how many charges various groups brought against Paul, it always goes back to His preaching on Jesus’ resurrection. Have things changed in all these years? As Paul wrote, “If Christ has not been raised from the dead, then vain is our faith.” Belief in the resurrection of Jesus is everything. We recently celebrated the Feast of St. Matthias. He was chosen to be a witness to the resurrection.
“God is inexpressible. It is easier for us to say what He is not than what He is… Nothing is comparable to Him… If you could conceive Him, you would conceive something other than God.” St. Augustine of Hippo
Jesus’ prayer continues. Alfred Lord Tennyson has a passage on prayer in his “Idylls of the King.” “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Tennyson continues, “Wherefore let thy voice rise ike a fountain” to God. He says that if we neglect prayer, we’re no better off than animals who can’t pray.
At the beginning of this chapter, we are told that Jesus prayed this prayer with eyes lifted to heaven. What role does our body play in our own prayers? What posture do we find most helpful in prayer? “I kneel when I pray, not only to show reverence to God, but also to become more reverent before Him.” Author unknown
Paul looked upon death not with fear but with affection. He didn’t consider death an end but a change in how we live. Death could be seen as a runner who finishes the race and receives a garland wreath as victor. What is your view of death? “Death and love are two wings that carry the good person to heaven.” Michaelangelo