Saturday, the 16th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Martha
Readings for today’s Mass
And let's not forget about Hollywood. Movies present Jesus as the Stoic, too busy walking above the ground gazing at the sky to notice anyone. This Jesus is often totally incapable of feeling anything. One film of Jesus left me wondering if he should have cast seven demons out of himself! There is an older feature about Jesus i've always appreciated and a not so old film i find quite dreadful.
If i really want to know Jesus, i rely on none of these. i go to the gospels. If you read carefully, you will find Jesus who is, at times, very happy, who gets angry, sad. Sometimes his celeb status gets him tired of all the people pressing in and he runs away to be by himself.
One good example of the character of Jesus is found in today's Gospel story. It's the death of Lazarus, a dear friend of Jesus, as are Martha and Mary, Lazarus' sisters. Jesus is late getting there and the funeral was four days earlier. Martha went out to greet him with, "Had you been here, this never would have happened!" Whoa! That's rough. Good to see you too, Martha! And then comes the shortest verse in the Bible: "And Jesus wept." Jn 11:35. And everybody noticed and said, "See how much he loved him."
Can you imagine the grief Jesus felt with Martha's greeting? It sounds like she is blaming him for her brother's death. With that, came the blunt realization that his friend was dead and he lost it right in front of everyone.
That's happened to me. It's good for me to know that Jesus knows the extent of all our emotional responses to the stuff of life. Sometimes we deify him to the point that he loses something really important, his human identity. Sometimes, talking to Jesus the person can open new doors to finding Jesus the Christ. Give it a try sometime. When you spend time with the scriptures, look for those windows of opportunity that can reveal the reality of Jesus who walks the streets with you. i bet you'll find him there.