Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them and they journeyed to another village.  When people treat us badly, it is quite natural to hope that something bad happens to them; the degree of “bad” depends on how angry we are. How tempting it is to have glee when the politician who votes down rehabilitation money for drug addicts finds out that his own daughter needs treatment; or when the terrorist who is going to bomb the marathon that you are going to run in, has his bomb go off accidently in his own house. Yes, I too smirk when there is “poetic justice”. Jesus rebukes James and John for wanting to call down fire on the Samaritan village, (Was there some racial-ethnic prejudice that colored their response?); then Jesus just moves on to the next town. What a very valuable lesson that is taught here; so often people get fixated on a past negative incident and it becomes difficult for them (us) to let it go and move on. There is a proper place for righteous anger, but the positive use of the emotion is only at work when it moves us to change-creating activities. It seem to me that 90% of my own complaining is “venting” to friends and those who are unfortunate enough to be in earshot of me when “enemies” are being either mean or stupid. Those who upset us need to be in our daily prayer, and we need to pray that we are able to pick ourselves up each day and move on.

Yes, I will miss you. Come see me! St. Bonaventure Friary 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit MI 48207 313-579-2100 ext. 130 We Capuchins do get around; I will visit you too.

Fr. David