Tuesday, the last week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - James of the Marche
Readings for today’s Mass
All of Newman's social justice op's are under the heading of Mt. 25 Projects. This citation from Matthew is the only place in the gospel that offers a clear measuring stick for discipleship. Jesus lists a variety of woes that some endure - no home, or food, no friends or nothing to drink. You know the list. Then he said, Whenever you see the least of these . . . And this is where i stopped reading.
There are many folks down town who could be one of the least. i know some of them. They satisfy their thirst and hunger at the Place of Grace or Salvation Army. They seek shelter from the cold at the Warming Center. Their clothes were once worn by other people and they spend more time in jail than i do. As needed, my taxes pay for their healthcare. i guess that makes them the least of these.
Yet i doubt any of them would ever introduce themselves that way. "Hi. i'm jon, one of the least among you! How do you like me so far?"
Today the gospel raises many questions. Are these people the least of these because of what they have or is it because of how i approach them? Do i need to have the least of these around so i can be a disciple by caring about them? Is the title of one of the least a way to separate them from the rest of us? What would make me one of the least of these? Does having the least among us make some of us the most, or the greatest?
Do you see where this is going? i am very familiar with this reading from Matthew, but today it gives me many questions. Today it pushes my relationship with the least of these to a different level. i wonder where it is going.
So, a word to the wise: if you are going to pray with the gospels, be careful. It may speak to you.