Pastors Desk: Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 9th June 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 10th June 2018 - Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

tenth-sundayWe all know that the world is full of temptation. That temptation can come in different guises. You only must know someone with an addiction to gambling, drugs or alcohol for example to understand how difficult it is to make positive life-giving choices each moment of the day to avoid the very thing that is causing them harm and making life difficult for those close to them.

But we are not alone in our struggles with temptation on any level. In the first reading today from the book of Genesis we are told that evil will be conquered or overcome. Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthians encourages them by telling them how the one who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise them to the Lord Jesus in turn. They must not weaken in their resolve as the troubles or temptation they are experiencing will soon be over.

Today’s gospel speaks of another type of temptation. Initially, Jesus’ own relatives wanted to take charge of him believing that he was ‘out of his mind’ and even possessed by the devil. Knowing that they were doubting and asking questions Jesus tries to challenge them by using parables. They didn’t really know how to handle Jesus. He warns them against division in the world and promotes unity among people as the cornerstone of his gospel message.

‘Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother’

Fr Gerry