Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Homily (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A): We all know that magpies make for excellent sentries. They are always looking around, checking their surroundings, watching for danger, ensuring their safety, protecting their young. They are the guardians above the neighbourhood, the sentries in our domestic skies. They know how to protect their own, and will do what is necessary to safeguard them. We might hold in our minds this image, as we listen again to the words of the Lord to the Prophet Ezekiel: I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. In the old days, a sentry or watchman was tasked to be the eyes and ears of protection at a city’s gate. They signalled warning to the inhabitants when danger approached, and they were the first line of defence. But not all dangers can be seen or heard, not all are physical in nature. Some dangers – perhaps the worst of them – are more insidious, entering into our minds and hearts, undermining our moral compass and subverting our human dignity.