Pure unspoilt religion in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the aid of orphans and widows when they need it…” (James 1:27) If a survey was conducted among thousands of religious people asking them for a definition of religion, how many would come up with something similar to this?
Author:- July 31, 2021
“To whom shall we go?” These words of Peter from today’s Gospel are an answer to the question posed by Jesus to the twelve apostles: “Do you also wish to go away?” Throughout Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel there has been a growing misunderstanding of what Jesus is saying about God and about himself as the one who reveals the infinite love of the Father. Now, at the end of the chapter, even his disciples are scandalised by the intolerable language. They are offended by the image of Jesus as the Bread of Life, the one who nourishes us through his life-giving death.
In those days Mary set out and went with haste. (Luke 1:39-56). Mary and Elizabeth are drawn to each other. They need each other. Elizabeth can best understand what is going on in Mary’s life. Mary can best understand what is going on in Elizabeth’s life. Their encounter is filled with gratitude, joy, new life, love, faith and promise.
In Nairobi I worked with both seminarians and university students. On occasions when discussing the liturgy for a Sunday, I might mention the theme of the four readings; immediately the reply would come, “No, Father there are only three readings.” Sometimes they might add “Father, that is only the Psalm.” Yet, the psalter is one of the richest books in the Bible and today's Psalm 33, is one of the best: “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” The psalmist calls the people to look to God as the one who protects and sustains. The Psalm should be read and prayed.