Monday, the 4th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Juniper
Readings for today’s Mass
What a beautiful ending to a tragic tale: Go home to your family. Like lepers of the day, those found to have unclean spirits were put out of the community. Out of fear, no one would go near them. Even their families kept their distance. They were ostracized to a life of loneliness and struggle. i can imagine the overwhelming joy for the man in the gospel who is finally rid of such a stigma. i wonder how long it had been since he'd felt the love of family.
In the day of Jesus, malady misdiagnosis was pretty common. Many forms of benign skin conditions could be called leprosy. Similarly, forms of mental or developmental difficulty, if they were found out, might be labeled as possession.
This is still a common practice today. We call it stereotyping. It's when we paint part of the population with a broad stroke of a brush and say they are all the same. Even when we know nothing about them. i hear it said of the guests at the Salvation Army, They are all lazy! They just don't want to work!
That is one of the contemporary ways we still put people out of the community, push them to the edges of society as if they had leprosy or demons. The fact is there are many reasons people downtown are homeless. Some of them even have jobs. i guess it is just easier to put them all in the same box and tell them to get over it. It's too much work to help someone find their way back home to their families. Never mind the gospel that tells us something different.