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Gospel Reflection for 15th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B, July 15th 2018
There is a certain freedom about accepting the word of God and the gospel of Christ. Jesus tells his disciples not to force the truth of the gospel on people. If they don’t accept it and welcome it they are to move on.
The journey of faith is complicated and a long journey. People accept bits and pieces at times, and remain open to further growth. We sometimes expect too much of people and forget that their life stories and their struggles may make it too much to accept a lot of the gospel. Is the person whose spouse left him or her condemned forever to a single life?Or some types of criminal people never to be forgiven and welcomed back in the church?
The reason the apostles would walk away is that people would not listen to them, not that they would not do what they said. We hope for an openness to the gospel from people, as we hope for an openness to everyone’s life story when we try to share the word of Jesus.
This is true for parents and teachers; we open the word of God and the truth of Jesus to younger people, and hope that now or later they will be followers of Jesus. It does not happen immediately.
The prophet Amos seems to come from an ordinary job to be a prophet; from the ordinary ways we try to follow Christ and live out the gospel we can share the best of our faith with another generation.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine