Reflections

By our deeds will we be known (Homily, 26th Sunday in OT)

Sunday 27 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
Homily: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) | “Yeh-Nah.” “Nah-Yeh.” I get confused every time I hear this. Is it ‘yes’ or ‘no’; is it ‘I agree’ or ‘I don’t agree’? Both seem possible in a ‘yeh-nah’ world. We could say, human beings are the ‘yeh-nah’ species of God’s creation, His uniquely ambiguous beings. No other creature is able to commit to one thing and do the opposite. Jesus acknowledges this in his parable, which we’ve just heard. The two sons are both practitioners of the ‘yeh-nah’ way: the saying of one thing, but the doing of the other. As a bit of social analysis, Jesus is pointing out nothing particularly remarkable. We probably all want to think that we are fairly consistent in what we say and do, but it would be a bit more honest to admit we can all be somewhat inconsistent in our words and ways. 

Welcoming those seeking refuge: Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2020

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Communications Office
 
This Sunday, 27 September, is the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. For more than a century now, the Catholic Church has marked this occasion as a way to draw attention to the millions of migrants and refugees who are forcibly displaced and trafficked around the world. Pope Francis says the tragedy of internally displaced people is one of the challenges facing our contemporary world: “Situations of conflict and humanitarian emergencies, aggravated by climate change, are increasing the numbers of displaced persons and affecting people already living in a state of dire poverty. Many of the countries experiencing these situations lack adequate structures for meeting the needs of the displaced” (9 January 2020).
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