I woke up in a good mood; the only one in the house. Saturday Mornings I eat breakfast with other men from the parish (wives are invited also), and talk about the week. It’s a great time of talk, fellowship, laughter, and cholesterol enhancement at McDonald’s.
Today’s reflection is about Jesus’ genealogical lineage.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
The woman cries before the wedding and the man after. — Polish Proverb
Some in the crowd who heard these words said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But others said, “The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not scripture say that the Messiah will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. (NAB Jn 7:40-44)
The probing and testing questions to Jesus are nearing their climax, with a theme of increasing hostility and disbelief starting to show its ugly face. Some are calling Him a prophet, some are calling Him the Messiah, and yet others are calling Him a liar and fraud.
Interesting that today some are calling our President a prophet, or a great hope for the future. I have actually heard Him called a “present day Messiah.” And yet others are calling him a liar, fraud; and that his actions as all talk, or hype.
I will not make this blog a political blog. The reason I bring this comparison up is only to set the stage of what is happening, and the personal feelings of those involved, at Jesus’ time in Palestine. Both Obama and Jesus were young, charismatic people, with a core group of disciples. But that is where the comparisons end: our President is not a messiah, or a ‘new’ Jesus.
Jesus’ origins seem to disqualify him for being the Messiah of the Old Testament. He was from Nazareth, and not from the “city of David” that should link him with the Davidic line: Bethlehem. What is not readily evident (no birth certificates) to the people of Jesus’ day, is that Jesus WAS born in Bethlehem, solely because of a census instituted by a corrupt king: Herod. Darn the luck! Jesus was not only from the Davidic line, but was part of the Davidic line through both His mother and step-father.
Division among groups almost always contain the seeds of hostility. Again, we are seeing this happening in the United States of America. Several states representatives have actually inquired to its constituents about succeeding from the Union. Family and friends are pitting themselves against each other, with each one ‘knowing’ they have the right position. Maybe it’s a good idea that this gospel reading and tomorrow’s gospel reading are this weekend. I pray everyone listens carefully, and reflects on the message.
“Lord, help us all to realize we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We need help in understanding our role in your majestic plan. Please be with us all, especially at this difficult time in our country. Amen.”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Bl. John of Parma
Born in Parma, Italy, in 1209; died 1289; cultus approved in 1777. After John was professed and ordained as a Franciscan, he taught theology at Bologna and Naples. In 1247, he was elected the 7th minister general of the Franciscans and held the office for ten years. He visited the Franciscan provinces of different countries, including England, and went to Constantinople as papal legate. He lived out his final 30 years in retirement at the hermitage of Greccio.
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #20:
The Secular Franciscan Order is divided into fraternities of various levels — local, regional, national, and international. Each one has its own moral personality in the Church. These various fraternities are coordinated and united according to the norm of this rule and of the constitutions.