14th Sunday of The Year

This weekend’s Gospel tells of Jesus’ return to his hometown and people’s negative reaction to “one of their own”. Here’s a thought around this ….

HOMETOWNS AND PROPHETS

Are there any prophets in our town?

What is a prophet? Is it someone who tells the future? One of those mysterious people who ask you to cross their hands with silver so that they can read the lines of your life story? Someone maybe who could tell you the exact numbers you’ll need for next week’s Lotto? Is a prophet someone who can tell us the weather forecast for the next six months? No, a prophet is not found among this group.

A prophet is often one who disturbs us because his or her words seek a response that may include action. A prophet might sometimes point out our weakness in the hope we’ll claim our strength. A prophet might speak of the local in the hope that we’ll shape the global. A prophet might whistle a bitter tune so that we might sing a sweeter song. A prophet is often very annoying and frequently unpopular.

Chances are there are prophets in our town. People asking us to do better, achieve more, gossip less, work together, build up, pray, and recognise the gifts we have been given. There may be people who have vision for our town – for our parish – for our Faith and they’re local.

Some of them might be ordained or professed but chances are most are not. We know them. They have something to say. They may well annoy us. We may well disappoint them.

Are they welcome in our town?

2 Comments:

  1. I liked the practicality of the suggestions for the homily for the 14 Sunday.
    Indeed the whole site is very much up to the minute with breaking news etc. I read it always with interest.

    ‘Well done’ to the anonymous web/master/mistress!

    RMCCM

  2. Anonymous??? Oh God no! Vincent Sherlock’s my name and I’ve been looking after the Achonry site since I first tried to figure out how to use the web. Initially it was just part of a website I was trying to develop and then it took on a sort of life of its own. Thanks for your kind comments. Please continue to visit and read. Suggestions welcome too 🙂 God Bless. Vincent

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