Fr. Placid asks us how we hear the Gospel this year: “Ordinary Time has us journey liturgically through the life and ministry of Jesus. Following the Lenten and Easter seasons, which have moved us through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, we find ourselves again in Ordinary Time, moving toward eternity and the implications of participating in the life of Jesus and what that means specifically and personally to us.
This ‘Year C’ in the liturgical cycle has us reading from the Gospel of Luke. Luke is challenging because of his penchant to use his source Mark as he weaves his particular emphasis on the poor and the outsiders. They are the ones who readily receive the message of Jesus before all others. As we listen to Luke’s Gospel, what words and actions of Jesus face our own biases, implicit or explicit? Are we willing to discuss those aspects of ourselves where the message of Jesus goes over our heads?
When we break down our own filters and biases we are able to listen to Luke with better ears and ponder with more clarity. When that does happen, we are with the shepherds in Bethlehem and Simeon in the Temple. We are there with our own grumblings with Pharisees and scribes wondering what Jesus is about. We rest on these words and ask what they are saying to us now in our life.”