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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C - 28th July 2013


Welcome is a very important idea in today's readings.  Following on from Abraham's welcome to the three travellers/ angels last week we read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Many people have incorrectly identified the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah as having been homosexuality - it's not.  The sin of these cities is their failure in the area of hospitality.  The intimacies referred to have to do with demanding Lot's visitors partake in fertility rites.  Probably the surest evidence that homosexuality is not the issue here is that Lot offers them his two daughters in place of his guests.

The gospel passage relates the teaching of Jesus on prayer.  We tend to think of ourselves as praying.  We speak to God.  We listen to God.  Do we give enought thought to the role of God in our praying?  When we pray we invite God to speak in us.  We allow God's voice to be heard.  Praying is less about doing and more about allowing to happen.

The Our Father divides into two halves.  The first half is an affirmation of who God is.  The second half is an affirmation of the fact that God is intimately involved in our lives.  But God can only become involved in our lives when we allow God to come in.  We welcome God.  Prayer is our way to welcome God.

The welcome that Abraham showed to the three strangers revealed itself to be a welcome to God.  The failure in the area of hospitality shown by the people of Sodom and Gomorrah is a failure to welcome God.  Jesus' teaching on prayer is a reminder that even when we know the greatness of God we need to invite God in to our lives.

The old Irish expression Cead Mile Failte (a hundred thousand welcomes) is helpful here.  We need to continually renew our welcome of God.  This is the life of the disciple, to continually renew this welcoming of the Lord into our lives.

Possidius




Article posted on 26th of July 2013

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